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Intimate in Character 
International in Scope 
Independent in Thought 

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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Nineteen Years Old 

NO. 1 



N. Y. Legislative Com. Calls for 2?° St 


1938 Facing Mass of Industry Unfinished Business 7 


A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 

• • BEN GOETZ • • 

Entered third 
year as M-G- 
M's British pro- 
duction head, 
and, true to 
local traditions 
over there, 
astutely "car- 
ried on" de- 
spite problems, 
^Mk %i **""• Jt chief of which 

HL T^k_L Jr was 'he gen- 

mSk. ^91 era ' uncertain- 

Ik ^Jfefei, 'Y caused by 

the framing of 
the Films Bill (Quota Act) by Britain's 
Parliament. Set the pace for Metro-in- 
Britain with "A Yank at Oxford," first 
of a series of "A" pix for which U. S. 
stars and players were imported. 

• • JESSE L. LASKY • • 

lust a little 
more than a 
year ago, this 
admirable, cul- 
tured and ef- 
ficient gentle- 
man, — ultra 
wise in cine- 
'matic ways as 
the result of 
long experi- 
ence with, and 
of. this art- 
decided to em- 
bark on a new solo tack, namely, the 
becoming a unit producer. So, recently 
he celebrated his first year as such, and 
so did RKO who marketed his product. 
Whether success would attend him "on 
his own" was never a question. 

Big News Year Indicated as 

'37 Leaves Much for 


Taking the center of the stage as 
the curtain rises on 1938 is film- 
dom's file of "unfinished business" 
which holds promise of vital future 
headline fodder. 

Officially taking office at Univer- 
sal are Nate J. Blumberg, president, 
and William A. Scully, general sales 
manager, whose plans are expected 
to absorb quarts of printers' ink. 

Outcome of negotiations between 

(Continued on Page 6) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Activity in stock 
and security transactions by War- 
ner Brothers' stockholders featured 
the latest SEC report released here. 

After disposing of 500 shares of 

(Continued on Page 6) 

"Snow White" Pre-Release 
Dates Wait on Prints 

Pre-release dates on "Snow White 
and the Seven Dwarfs" depend on 
availability of Technicolor prints 
which are expected to be ready in 
about another week, it was said over 
the week-end at RKO home office. 



Panay Pix Aid B.O. 



Filmland and the public jointly 
riveted attention on newsreels of 
the bombing of the U.S.S. Panay. 
Week-end found this footage wide- 
ly distributed through the nation 
and attracting eager crowds. In 
New York and other key cities, the- 
ater grosses rocketed as result of 
exhibition of these films, coupled 
with strong feature attractions. 

Will H. Hays, in a nationwide 
broadcast over CBS, declared that 
film industry has reached its pres- 
ent position as a medium of uni- 
versal entertainment, as well as an 
essential service, through self-regu- 
lation, and strenuously advocated 
this course as a continued policy as 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Louisiana Allied Plans 

Activity Drive for 1938 

New Orleans — Allied Theaters of 
Louisiana, the Allied unit here, 
which despite its corporate life has 
been pretty much of a dead move- 
ment during the past year, is quiet- 
ly planning to revitalize itself, The 
Film Daily learned here today. 

Henry Lazarus, who runs the 
(Continued on Page 4) 

N. Y. Legislative Fiscal Committee 
Suggests Admish Tax as Alternative 

Quebec Theater Revenue 

Cut 25% by Taxation 

Montreal — On an average, 25 per 
cent of the revenue of picture thea- 
ters in the Province of Quebec is 
absorbed by taxation and licenses. 

Joint Legislative Committee on 
State Fiscal Policies, in its year-end 
report, proposes two alternative tax 
measures to finance New York 
State's relief program, both of which 
would hit the film biz. 

First proposition calls for a 2 p.c. 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Ind. Solon Feels Commission 

Method Might Solve 

Block Booking 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Despite announce- 
ment by Rep. Samuel Pettengill of 
Indiana that he "fully intends" to 
press his anti-block booking meas- 
ure at the regular session of Con- 
gress which convenes today. Week- 
end sentiment on Capitol Hill 
indicates there is little chance of its 

Pettingill states he believes block- 
booking and other industry problems 

(Continued on Page 6) 


United Artists is making no over- 
tures to David O. Selznick in an ef- 
fort to urge him to continue distribu- 
tion through the company, Alexan- 
der Korda, who returned from the 
Coast Friday morning, stated over 
the weekend. No deal is being of- 

( Continued on Page 4) 

RCA's Tele Progressing 

Steadily, States Sarnoff 

"The RCA Television System is 
steadily progressing toward the ul- 
timate goal of a public television ser- 
vice," says David Sarnoff, RCA 
prexy, in a year-end statement made 
public today. Sarnoff continues: 

"Outstanding television advances 

(Continued on Page 4) 

WB Drive Ahead 

Net billings recorded during the first 
week of the second Sears sales drive 
were 18 p.c. higher than the record 
number rolled up in the first week of 
the 1936 drive, Warners reported Fri- 
day. Current drive ends April 16. 

: &t\ DAILY 

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Monday, Jan. 3, 1938 

Vol. 73, No. 1 Mon., Jan. 3, 1938 10 Cents 



DONALD M. MERSEREAU : Ceneral Manager 
CHESTEK B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

Published daily except Sundays and Holidays 
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Cinematographic Francaise, Rue de la Cour- 
des-Noues, 19. 

f inflnciflL 

(Quotations as of Fri., Dec. 31) 

Am. Seat 

Columbia Picts. vtc 
Columbia Picts. pfd. 

Con. Fm. Ind 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd 

East. Kodak 

do pfd 

Cen. Th. Eq 

Loew's, Inc 

do pfd 


Paramount 1st pfd.. 
Paramount 2nd pfd 
Pathe Film 


20th Century-Fox , . 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 

Univ. Tict. pfd 

Warner Bros 

do pfd 


Keith A-0 6s46 

Loew 6s41ww 

Para. B'way 3s55 
Para. Picts. 6s55 

RKO 6s41 

Warner's 6s39 

Columbia Picts. vfc. . 
Grand National .... 
Monogram Picts. . . . 

Sonotone Corp 



Universal Picts. . . . 

High Low Close 
12" U" 12 " - 


i% i% iy 8 + 

5'/ 2 5Vi 5Vi + 

160i/ 2 159i/ 2 160i/ 2 + 

156 153 156 I 

"% H% 117/ 8 _|_ 

451/g 447/ 8 45 

1051/2 1053/s 1051/2 + 

9% 95/ 8 95/ 8 — 


101/2 1014 101/2 — 

5% 5 5 - 

4i 37/ 8 4 + 

19% 193/4 197/g + 

263/ 8 26 263/ 8 + 

6 5% 6 .'.' 


97l/ 4 9714 97 y 4 + 
60 60 60 
88i/ 4 88 1/4 88 1/4 — 

743/ 4 741/2 743/4 + 









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l'/2 .. 

151/4 151/4 — 

2% 25/ 8 + 

„ . „., Bid Asked 

Pathe Film 7 pfd 94 97 

Fox Thea. Bldg. 6i/ 2 s 1st '36...!! 434 6 

Loew's Thea. Bldg. 6s 1st '47 82 84 

Met. Playhouse, Inc. 5s '43 57 59 

Roxy Thea. Bldg. 6i/ 4 s 1st '43... 443,4 463,4 

Censors Report- Few Cuts 

Port Worth, Tex. — The Fort 
Worth Censor Board, composed of 
six local citizens, found nothing 
wrong with the first-run movies at 
the Class A movie theaters in Fort 
Worth during the past year, and 
few cuts were made. Dr. A. H. 
Flickwir, public health officer, is 
censor chief. 


11 The Broadwav Parade SI 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

Hitting a New High (RKO Radio) — 2nd week Rivoli 

Rosalie (Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer) Capitol 

Tovarich (Warner Bros. Pictures) Music Hall 

Wells Fargo (Paramount Pictures) Paramount 

Submarine D-l (Warner Bros. Pictures) Strand 

Love and Hisses (20th Century-Fox) Roxy 

Manhattan Merry-Co-Round (Republic Pictures) Criterion 

You're Only Young Once (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) Rialto 

Thank You, Mr. Moto (20th Century-Fox) Globe 

A Damsel in Distress (RKO Radio) (a-b) Palace 

A Girl with Ideas (Universal Pictures) (a) Palace 

Sudden Bill Dorn (Universal Pictures) (a) Central 

The Thirteenth Man (Monogram Pictures) (a) Central 


Mayerling (Pax Film) — 16th week Filmarte 

Life and Loves of Beethoven (World Pictures) — 7th week 55th St. Playhouse 

The Cantor's Son (Eron Pictures) — 3rd week Squire 

Peter the First (Amkino) — 2nd week Cameo 

Intermezzo (Scandinavian Film) — 2nd week Cinema de Paris 

Amphitryon, 39 (Globe Film Distrib. Co.) (b) World 

En Saga (Nordisk Film) Continental 

The Eternal Mask (Mayer-Burstyn) (a) Belmont 

African Holiday (Principal Film Exchange) (a) Belmont 


In Old Chicago (20th Century-Fox)— Jan. 6 (d) Astor 

It's All Yours (Columbia Pictures) — Jan. 7 Criterion 

You're a Sweetheart (20th Century-Fox) — Jan. 7 (a-b) Palace 

Expensive Husbands (Warner Bros. Pictures)— Jan. 7 (a) Palace 

Wise Girl (RKO Radio Pictures)— Jan. 8 Rivoli 

Tarzan's Revenge (20th Century-Fox) — Jan. 8 Clobe 

The Affairs of Maupassant (European Film) (c) 55th St. Playhouse 

General Without Buttons (Mayer-Burstyn) (c) Filmarte 

Young Tushkin (Amkino) (c) Cameo 

Every Day's a Holiday (Paramount Pictures) (c) Paramount 

Hollywood Hotel (Grand National Pictures) (c) Strand 

Man-Proof (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures) (c) Capitol 

(a) Dual bill, (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. (d) Two-a-day run. 

$9,000 In Cash Bonuses 
to Golden Drive Winners 

Cash bonuses totaling $9,000 are 
to be awarded in connection with the 
Eddie Golden Sales Drive, winners 
of which were announced by Mono- 
gram over the weekend. The 15- 
week drive which ended Christmas 
Day was won by the Memphis 
branch, headed by M. E. Wiman. 

Other branches and their chiefs 
followed in this order: Milwaukee, 
Edward Krofta; Detroit, Sam Deck- 
er; Kansas City, Lester Durland; 
New York, Joe Felder; Chicago, 
Henri Elman; Buffalo, Harry Berk- 
son; Dallas, Ed Blumenthal; Phila- 
delphia, Sam Rosen; Boston, Steve 
Broidy; Atlanta, Bob Mangham; 
Pittsburgh, D. J. Selznick; Minneap- 
olis, Charles Weiner; Oklahoma City, 
Carr Scott; and Indianapolis, Carl 

"Thrift Night" Illegal 

Louisville- — Circuit Judge J. L. 
Price held that the anti-lottery laws 
of Kentucky are violated by "thrift 
night" awards in an opinion deliv- 
ered in a test case against the Co- 
lumbia Amusement Company which 
operates two movie houses in Padu- 
cah. This is the first opinion deliv- 
ered by a Kentucky court on "thrift 
night" awards. 

"Monastery" Gets a Fourth 

Boston — "Monastery" goes into its 
fourth week at Fine Arts Theater 
with a new price scale. 

Boston Newsreel Theater 

Boston — City's first newsreel The- 
ater opened on Saturday. 

Bill Ornstein Appointed 

Boxoffice Eastern Editor 

William (Bill) Ornstein, resigning 
from the news department of Mo- 
tion Picture Daily, becomes eastern 
editor of Boxoffice today as "Red" 
Kann moves into his post as editor- 
in-chief. Ornstein, for seven years, 
was a reporter on Motion Picture 
Daily. Prior to that he occupied a 
similar post on The Film Daily. 

For two years he was New York 
representative for the Jay Emanuel 
Publications when this group first 
launched the New York State Ex- 
hibitor and for an identical period 
with Reeland Reviews. Previously 
he spent seven years with M-G-M. 

Samuel L. Rothafel Estate 
Net Value Set at $215,560 

Estate of Samuel L. Rothafel, left 
entirely to his widow, amounts to 
$296,423, a tax appraisal showed 
Friday. Net estate is $215,560, it 
was reported, with main assets in- 
surance totaling $215,537 and ap- 
proved claim against RKO Corp. for 

Two Para. London Hits 

London (By Cable)— "Wells Far- 
go" and "True Confession", Para- 
mount pictures, are scoring heavily 
in London. The flamboyant epic of 
pioneering in the West opened at 
the Carlton Theater on Dec. 27, and 
smashed the house's opening day 
record. At the Plaza, "True Con- 
fession" is rounding out its second 
week and will stay a third. 

cominG flfio Goino 

JOHN HAY WHITNEY, chairman of the 
Selznick International board, leaves for Holly- 
wood tomorrow or Wednesday. 

Y. FRANK FREEMAN, Paramount ^ater 

head, is in. New Orleans for the w ' nf 

his daughter. He will return to I ..'■)■ 
about Jan. 10. 

STANTON GRIFFIS, chairman of the Para- 
mount executive committee, returns from 
Florida the latter part of this week. 

E. K. (Ted) O'SHEA, M-C-M eastern dis- 
trict manager, returns to New York today after 
spending the week-end in Buffalo. 

BILL CULLETTE, of Preview Theater, week- 
ended with his mother at Blacksburg, Va. 

May Robson arrived on the Coast yesterday. 

LOU GEHRIG is on his way to the Coast. 

NORMAN MORAY left for Washington yes- 
day for conferences with the Warner sales 

TOM BRANDON, of Garrison Films, returned 
to New York Friday from a midwestern trip! 

JACQUES DEVAL, noted French author, is in 


has arrived from the Coast for 

MURRAY SILVERSTONE arrives in New York 
today on the Century from the Coast. 

SIGMUND KRUMCOLD, of Paramount's mu- 
sic staff, is in New York for two weeks' stay. 

BEN BLUMENTHAL is in London. 

JACKIE COOPER is staying at the Warwick. 

COLONEL TIM McCOY, Hollywood cowboy 
actor, is staying at the Savoy-Plaza. 

HELEN BRODERICK arrives here today. 

MAJ. ALBERT WARNER is in Florida. 

LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI, noted conductor, 
will arrive in Hollywood this Wednesday to 
prepare a score for "The Sorcerer's Appren- 
tice," new Disney fantasy. 

FRED KEATING arrives from Hollywood this 
week to start rehearsals in a new play by 
James Cain. 

"Ecstasy" Case Up Today 

Albany — Application of Eureka 
Productions, Inc., for leave to ap- 
peal decision of New York State 
Appellate Division upholding deter- 
mination of Commissioner Graves 
finding "Ecstasy" obscene and im- 
moral, is to be heard today by Court 
of Appeals at Albany. 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 

the following on their birthday: 


George B. Seitz 

Marion Davies 

Paul Benjamin 

Eddie Gribbon 

Dorothy Arzner 

Anna May Wong 

George Gerhardt 


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Frank Lloyds "WELLS FARGO" 

A Paramount Picture featuring 
with Lloyd Nolan, Henry O'Neill, Porter Hall, Robert Cummings 
Ralph Morgan, Mary Nash, John Mack Brown, Barlowe Borland 

Produced and Directed by Frank Lloyd 
Associate Producer Howard Esfabrook • Screen Play by Paul Schofield 
Gerald Geraghty and Frederick Jackson - Based on a story by Stuart N. Lake 


Monday, Jan. 3, 1938 


(Continued from Page 1) 

sales tax, excluding food, but tax- 
ing personal services, the other in- 
cludes provision for a state "lux- 
ury" tax on amusement admissions, 
soft drinks, cosmetics, tobacco and 
patent medicines. Latter alterna- 
tive plan also provides for a utili- 
ties sales tax, and recommends re- 
duction of income tax exemptions. 

Joint Legislative Committee gen- 
erally favors extensive reorganiza- 
tion of the tax structure on the the- 
ory that all taxation, including that 
of localities, be considered as an "in- 
tegrated whole" instead of viewing 
each tax base separately. 

RCA's Tele Progressing 

Steadily, States Sarnoff 

(Continued from Pane 1) 

during the year include the develop- 
ment of more sensitive Iconoscopes, 
and of larger Kinescopes, present- 
ing black-and-white instead of tint- 
ed pictures; the projection of tele- 
vision pictures onto a 3 by 4 ft. 
screen; the successful transition 
from 343 to 441-line scanning; and 
the development of a mobile truck- 
unit for outside program pickups. 
RCA Kinescopes and other special 
articles of equipment have been 
made available for amateur televi- 
sion experimentation." 



Milton Weil 

Chicago — Milton Weil, 49, music 
publisher and composer, died here 
on Thursday, last, of pneumonia in 
Grant Hospital. He is survived by 
his widow, Maybelle. 

Georgia Butler Griffin 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Los Angeles — Miss Georgia But- 
ler Griffin, 47, aunt of actress Bebe 
Daniels, is dead here. She was 
author of Who's Who in the 
Movies" and other books. 

Frank H. Spearman 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Los Angeles — Frank H. Spear- 
man, 78, author of numerous west- 
ern stories and novels, including 
"Hell's Desert" and "Whispering 
Smith," the latter finding its way 
to the screen twice, died here last 
week in a hospital of a stomach ail- 
ment. In 1915 he wrote the motion 
picture serial "The Girl and the 

Alma Tell 
West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Funeral services were 
held here Dec. 31 for Alma Tell, 
39, retired screen and stage act- 
ress, who died from a heart attack. 
A sister, Olive Tell, and her hus- 
band, William S. Blystone, survive. 

with I I II >i. DALY 

T T T 

• • • WE CAN think oi no belter way in which to start oif the 
new year conversation-in-print than by telling how one exhib has 

worked out a scheme to up his usual take at the Ole Bee-Oh 

meaning box-office so let us introduce Harry Hofmann, manager 

of the Soboba theater at San Jacinto, California 

T T T 

• • • IT SEEMS that Mister Hojmann's problem was to 

buck giveaways in a competitive situation his town is but 

three miles from Hemet, California, which has nearly double 

his population he arranged with the Hemet newspaper to 

run a minimum space of 30 inches on a "Question Box" idea con- 
cerning his current showings the question-coupon, properly 

filled in, plus 10 cents, admits bearer to the theater on stated 

evenings the questions asked are simple and the answers 

are given either in Hofmann's published program or in the ac- 
companying complimentary publicity story in the newspaper.... 

T T ▼ 

• • • RESULTS have been establishing of a patronage increase 

of more than $25 in gross weekly which means a lot to a small 

theater the newspaper has benefited by an increase of more than 

200 in circulation lists and heavy newspaper sales if he had only 

gained the goodwill of the newspaper publisher by this stunt, the 

theater manager would have accomplished a lot here is a simple 

stunt that many other theater men in similar locations can adopt to 
great advantage 

T T ▼ 

• • • SURPRISE PICTURE of the season that is 

strong praise but justified handed out by Variety to 

Ray Johnston's Monogram production, "Boy of the Streets" 

here are just a few illustrations of how it is clicking at the 

Fulton theater in Pittsburgh the biggest opening the house ever 

had grossed broke all house records at the Roxy in Perth 

Amboy, N. J at the Strand in Easton, Pa., doubled ex- 
pected business, and held over at the Stanton in Philly, 

doing capacity business in the city over the holiday against top- 
notch pictures of majors in opposition spots at the Wash- 
ington theater in Toronto the Monogram feature outgrossed all 

pictures holding previous house records holdovers reported 

in dozens of other spots in our review of "Boy of the 

Streets" after the preview showing at the Waldorf-Astoria we 
were told by some smart experts that we had gone overboard 

now we feel that we didn't say enough we based our 

optimism of big box-office results on the simple fact that here 
was an extremely natural and human picture with the characters 
doing things the xoay humans do things when they're just 

HUMAN and that's the entire secret of the Surprise Picture 

that is amazing so many people 

A ▲ A 

• • • SKETCH of Lester Pollock manager of Loew's 

Rochester in the upstate city is published in the Times-Union, 

giving Lester's complete biog including this story when 

Lester started many years ago, he was an usher at one of the Broad- 
way theaters where they first put on the swank with the military sys- 
tem and every thin' and an usher excitedly rushed up to the 

manager who was talking to the district manager and tried to tell 

him something the manager bawled him out in front of the 

D.M. for not saluting him "Get back to the door, and I'll talk to 

you in a minute" in a minute the manager approached the 

usher at the door and asked for the message the usher saluted 

and said: "Sir, the box-office has been robbed." 


(Continued from Page 1) 

fered, he said, because UA feels that 
Selznick's affiliation with M-G-M is 
an assured fact. 

Although Korda went to /" 
wood primarily for the UA dii .^i*. 
meeting, he said that he spent most 
of the time as a vacation. "I had one 
swell time," he said, "and didn't 
give a hoot about business." 

Korda's plans for return to Eng- 
land were indefinite over the week- 
end, although it is likely that he will 
sail on the Berengaria on Jan. 5 with 
Maurice Silverstone, UA's manager 
for the United Kingdom, who is 
scheduled to arrive by train today 
from the Coast. 

When asked if there was any 
foundation for the report that Sil- 
verstone would become president of 
UA, Korda replied that the company 
had a president and that Silverstone 
had a contract for his services in 
England that had several years to 

Korda said that his original plans 
to make from 15 to 20 upper bracket 
productions would be carried out. 

Louisiana Allied Plans 

Activity Drive for 1938 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Center and Coliseum theaters and 
who is Allied's guiding spirit in 
this territory, was reported ready 
to launch a campaign among inde- 
pendents to get the movement going 
again during the early part of 1938. 
The reason for an apparent re- 
awakening of interest seems to be 
the rapidity with which the Gulf 
States is becoming almost exclu- 
sively a circuit territory. 

Metropolis Takes Two 

Metropolis Picture Corp. has an- 
nounced acquisition of U. S. distri- 
bution rights to "The Fox Hunt," 
said to be first animated Techni- 
color cartoon to come from Eu- 
rope, and "Winter Magic," short on 
Austrian Tyrol's winter sports. 
Both are to debut at 55th Street 
Playhouse soon on same program 
with "Affairs of Maupassant." 

Mart Report Premature 

Chicago — Report that a newsreel 
theater seating 400, would be 
opened in the Merchandise Mart of- 
fice building, is premature. 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Scott Dunlap, vice- 
president in charge of production 
of Monogram, and his wife suffered 
injuries in an automobile accident. 
After being treated at a private 
hospital, they were taken home. 

After Tovarich" from Warner Bros. 


(Continued from Page 1) 


Monday, Jan. 3, 1938 



M-G-M and David 0. Selznick are 
reported to be officially announced 
soon. Successors are to be named 
to various top-spot executives whose 
posts &re awaiting men of stature. 
Among those men upon whom the 
eyes of the industry are focused for 
announcement of future moves are 
Samuel J. Briskin, who resigned as 
head of RKO Radio studio; J. J. 
Milstein, Republic vice-president in 
charge of sales; Alexander Korda, 
whose distribution plans are being 
discussed; B. P. Schulberg, whose 
production unit has announced no 
new affiliations; Carl Laemmle, Jr., 
who is soon to reveal his new affil- 
iation; James Grainger, who re- 
signed as Universal sales manager 
and promises early news of new 
plans; P. D. Cochrane, who shortly 
is to make known his future activi- 
ties; Winfield R. Sheehan, who per- 
mitted 1937 to roll by, but is re- 
ported to be readying an announce- 
ment; Charles Beahan, former Uni- 
versal story and talent head, who is 
to make public a new contract short- 
ly; and others of note, who promise 
to pop out of hiding and into print. 

The courts hold crowded calen- 

RKO reorg. plan which obtained 
approval of the Special Master is 
expected to be complete early in the 
year. The North Dakota divorce 
action seems likely to be pressed to 
conclusion. Decision of Philadel- 
phia U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals 
as to legality of anti-double feature 
clauses in film contracts, a holdover 
from 1937, will be reported, it was 

Government's Dallas anti-trust 
suit to test legality of distributor 
contracts fixing admission prices of 
subsequent houses and legality of 
bans on dual features, which ab- 
sorbed news space throughout 1937, 
seems destined to develop further. 
Decisions in anti-Ascap litigation al- 
so impend. 

MPTOA's ten-point trade prac- 
tice program is to be pushed, accord- 
ing to officials. Condor Pictures' 
reorganization indicates press atten- 
tion during 1938, as does adjudica- 
tion of affairs of Ambassador Pic- 
tures. And television, rapidly strid- 
ing now, is to break into a run, it 
is forecast. 

The point would be: a happy news 


Hit Song in New Pix 
'THE song, "Bei Mir Bist Du 

Schoen," which is sweeping the 
country, is featured in the new War- 
ner pix, "Love, Honor and Behave," 
which was recently completed at the 
company's Burbank studios. Pix 
was known during its production 
period as "Everybody Was Very 
Nice," having been based on the 
story of the same name by Stephen 
Vincent Benet. 

T T T 

Major Lists Five Titles 

Emanuel Cohen, president of Ma- 
jor Pictures announces Major will 
make "Call Back Love", "Hold That 
Kiss", "Night Hours", "Free Wo- 
man" and "The Man in Evening 

T T ▼ 

Val Raset Borrowed 

Val Raset has been assigned as 
dance director for the Laurel and 

Hardy musical, "Swiss Miss." He 
is under contract to M-G-M and has 
been borrowed for the picture by S. 
S. Van Keuren. 

T T T 

New Task for Stoll 

Adding to his duties as musical 
director for the Major studios and 
maestro for the Bing Crosby and 
Caravan radio shows, Georgie Stoll 
has just signed a new contract to 
transcribe a series of 300 records of 
the outstanding popular tunes of the 

T T T 

Westmore Leaves 20th-Fox 

Ern Westmore, who has been head 
of make-up department at 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox since Zanuek came over, 
resigned to devote his full time to 
the House of Westmore and the 
cosmetic business which seems to be 
growing by leaps and bounds. No 
successor has been named for West- 
more as yet. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

eventually may be solved through 
the commission method, either 
through a separate regulatory body 
here or as a part of the Ff 
Trade Commission or the ^ 
Communications Commission. 

In the latter connection, he ex- 
pressed interest in Rep. Patman's 
characterization of movies as "com- 
munication," at theory which might 
lead to their regulation by the FCC. 

Warner Bros. Stock Deals 

Featured in SEC Report 

Korda* s Taxi Fan 

Alexander Korda has a devoted fan. 
A FILM DAILY reporter, en route to 
the Newark airport by cab to meet the 
British producer who was arriving from 
the Coast, casually disclosed the pur- 
pose. The taxi drive immediately 
reeled off titles of every picture Korda 
had made. Arriving at the field, driver 
waited 45 minutes for the ship to land 
and then joined the trade paper re- 
porters who were on hand to meet 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Warner Bros, common as a gift, 
Joseph H. Hazen reported no hold- 
ings while Albert Warner reported 
disposition of 2,800 shares and held 
a total of 61,648 shares oi common 
at the month end. Jack L. Warner 
reported 88,060 shares of common. 
Jack L. Warner and Albert Warner 
both reported identical holdings in 
$3.85 cumulative preferred, each re- 
porting 10,618 shares and an ad-, 
ditional 4500 shares through a hold- 
ing company. Albert Warner held 
$1,794,000 worth of optional 6 per 
cent convertible debentures and an 
additional $5,460 through a holding 
company while Jack L. Warner re- 
ported $1,208,000 after disposing of 
$80,000 of the debentures. 

Arthur M. Loew disposed of 100 
shares of Loew's Inc. common stock 
and held 195 shares, he reported. J. 
Robert Rubin disposed of 800 shares 
of common to report 16,155 shares 
at the month end. He reported 
no. holdings of Loew's $6.50 cumu- 
lative preferred, after disposing of 
350 shares through a holding com- 

Jack Cohn disposed of 5100 Co- 
lumbia Pictures Corp. common vot- 
ing trust certificates, it was re- 
vealed. He still holds 32,607, plus 
529 shares of a common stock. 

A month end total of 800 of Edu- 
cational Pictures warrants for com- 
mon stock was held by Bruno Wey- 
er-s after he had disposed of 200 

Three directors of Grand Nation- 
al Films, Inc., filed reports show- 
ing, Edward L. Alperson held 38,496 
shares of $1 par common after ac- 
quiring 2,550 shares as added com- 
pensation. Timothy F. Murphy re- 
ceived 250 shares as compensation 
representing his total holdings, and 
Kirk W. Todd disposed of 2,000 

ABPC Paying 10 Per Cent 

Dividend on Its Shares 

Citing a 10 p.c. dividend on ordi- 
nary shares of Associated British 
Picture Corp., Ltd., just declared 
for the first six months of the fiscal 
year, Budd Rogers, American and 
Canadian representative of the com- 
pany and vice-president of Alliance 
Films Corp., Friday issued a 
statement emphasizing organiza- 
tion's activity. 

In 1937, Rogers declared, 12 fea- 
tures were released here through 
both majors and independents. 
Three features are now before cam- 
eras, Rogers stated, and seven 
others are in preparation. Associ- 
ated British has acquired substan- 
tial interests in several companies, 
Roger added, among which are Gau- 
mont British and Mayflower Pic- 
tures Corp., which plans three 
Charles Laughton films annually. 
First, "Vessel of Wrath," has been 
completed. Associated British ac- 
quired controlling interest in Union 
Cinemas, bringing total holding of 
theaters to about 700, Rogers said. 

Deal with Empire Universal 
Films, Ltd., for Canadian distribu- 
tion has been completed, according 
to the statement. 

Two More Leave STC 

Oklahoma City — The third and 
fourth resignations from the local 
Standard Theaters Corp. nine-house 
group have been announced — George 
Y. Henger, city manager, and Paul 
Ketchum, suburban theaters mana- 
ger, have resigned adding to tickets 
of Pat McGee, general manager, 
and J. F. Garst, assistant treasurer. 

shares leaving him a total 3,050 

Ralph E. Morton, officer of Gen- 
eral Theaters Equipment, Inc., 
filed a 1935 report stating he held 
no equity securities. 

Proposed Boren Divorce 

Measure May Be Deferred 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Rep. Lyle H. Boren, 
Capitol Hill's latest solon to turn 
t e m p o r a r il y movie legislation- 
minded, is expected to arrive from 
Oklahoma today for the opening of 
Congress, armed with a tentative 
draft of the industry divorce bili 
he has been considering during the 

Over the New Year's week-end it 
developed that the Administration's 
"trust-busting" campaign may cause 
Boren to postpone introduction of 
the bill he was preparing to intro- 
duce in the House today. It is 
understood that Assistant Attorney 
General Jackson and other leading 
Governmental "trust-busters" are 
impressing Congressmen and Gov- 
ernment executives alike with the 
necessity of a well-planned "sci- 
entific" attack both generally and 
on specific industries. 

Theory contained in the Okla- 
homan's proposed bill is the divorce- 
ment of production, distribution and 
exhibition phases of the industry. 
Measure was inspired by one of 
Boren's independent operator con- 
stituents, A. B. Momand, owner of 
the Odeon Theater at Shawnee, 

Assistant Attorney General Jack- 
son, spearhead of the Administra- 
tion's anti-trust campaign, on Fri- 
day placed himself on record as 
favoring a "full and fearless in- 
vestigation of both the film and 
radio industries." Jackson's state- 
ment resulted from prediction by 
Rep. Martin Dies of Texas that his 
measure calling for a film industry 
investigation "would be swept to 
enactment" at the session opening 
today. Dies indicated he wanted to 
work closely with Jackson, the lat- 
ter countering with, "I am very 
happy over the Martin Dies state- 

Eisenstein Active 

Moscow (By Cable) — Sergei Eisen- 
stein, producer of "Potemkin" and 
"Thunder Over Mexico," has been 
commissioned by the chief administra- 
tion of the Soviet film industry to pro- 
duce a new picture based on the 
slaughter of German knights by Nov- 
gorod warriors in the 13th century. The 
tentative title is "Slaughter on the 

Monday, Jan. 3, 1938 



Panay Films — Argentine Gains 

{Continued from Pat/c 1) 


such would benefit the country at 


ack Alicoate, publisher of The 
Daily, issued his annual 
r OJ .ne of the industry's activities 
during 1937, together with vital 
statistics. He declared major prob- 
lem of filmland in the approaching 
year is the further consolidation of 
its gains achieved during the past 
12 months. His report revealed: 
(a) increase in total production 
costs estimated at between 20 to 
30 per cent; (b) 1937 cost of pro- 
duction, approximately $170,000,000; 
(c) increase in number of film thea- 
ters, 2,058, bringing total national- 
ly to 16,588; (d) expenditure for 
theater construction, $29,500,000; 

(e) increase in total U. S. film at- 
tendance estimated at 10 per cent; 

(f) average admission price, ap- 
proximately .23, one cent gain; and 

(g) films approved by PCA, 1,311 

up to Dec. 1, drop of 135. 

* * * 

Consolidated profit and loss state- 
ment of Loew's, Inc., for fiscal year 
ended Aug. 31, last, disclosed net 
earnings of $14,426,062 after all 
charges including Federal tax on un- 
distributed profits and minority in- 
terests' share in partly owned sub- 

From Washington flashed word 
on Monday that the Justice Depart- 
ment is considering the dispatch of 
a specific and full report to Con- 
gress on alleged monopolistic prac- 
tices in the film business and other 

major industries. 

* * * 

Also at the week's outset The 
Film Daily learned through au- 
thoritative channels that a new 
major production-distribution-exhi- 
bition setup is in process of forma- 
tion, and negotiations toward this 
end are proceeding on both coasts, 
with men who, in the past, have 

filled top executive posts with 
front-line companies. 

UA's board met in Hollywood to 
chart future course and it was re- 
ported that Alexander Korda asked 
permission to make outside pic- 
ures, including two for M-G-M and 
wo for 20th-Fox. Mary Pickford, 
Dharles Chaplin and Douglas Fair- 
banks are said to have agreed pro- 
dding Samuel Goldwyn would con- 
;ent and not ask same privilege. 


Cable from Buenos Aires related 
extensive gains in studio expansion, 
with 15 either erected during recent 
months or planned for construction, 
and the building of numerous film 
houses throughout that nation. In 
the capital, two top-flight houses 
were completed and opened, the 3,- 
600-seat Rex, modelled after the Ra- 
dio City Music Hall, and the 3,000- 
seat Opera. 100 features are an- 
nounced for 1938 as against 40 last 


* * * 

Stuart F. Doyle, prominent Aus- 
tralian film man, arrived in New 
York from England prepared to ne- 
gotiate a franchise for the distribu- 
tion and exhibition of UA product 
in South Africa, and expresses con- 
fidence that the deal would be closed. 

Conviction that color television 
would eventually supplant black and 
white pictures was stated in London 
by John L. Baird at the annual ses- 
sion of Baird Television System, 
Ltd. Havana reported an in- 
crease of some 250 per cent in 
French films imported by Cuba dur- 
ing past four years . . . . and from 
Berlin flashed word that of the 136 
films shown in Germany during first 
10 months of 1937, 33 were of Amer- 
ican origin, giving U. S. foreign fea- 
ture leadership. 

Republic In Circuit Deals 

Republic Pictures has reported 
the sale of its 1937-38 program to 
the Commonwealth Circuit in its 
situations in Great Bend, Hoising- 
ton, Herington, Kinsley, Lawrence, 
Norton and Osawatomie, Kan., and 
Bronson, Harrisonville, Chillicothe, 
Goodland, Carrolton, Clinton, Kan- 
sas City, Monett, Neosho, Trenton 
and Warrensburg, Mo. Another sale 
reported Republic's 1937-38 product 
is to be played by Interstate Cir- 
cuit in all its Vermont and New 
Hampshire houses. 

Duals Try Flops 

Fort Worth, Tex. — The Palace 
Theater which went double-featu - 
early in December has revert 
first-run singles. The indep<" 
owned, New Liberty, is i 
ing the double features 

Employes Get Cash 

Lincoln, Neb. — Further year-end 
divvies here found Bob Livingston, 
owner-manager of the Capitol, 
handing $5 to each of his employes, 
and the Westland Theaters, Inc., 
two houses, passed out from $5 to 
$15 to each person on the payroll. 

Proser On Wanger Pix 

Mi-^te Proser has been appointed 
by X ' «r Wanger to handle the spe- 
cial "tation and publicity in 
New n Wanger's new picture, 
"I P : Love Again." Pictm*e 
is t ised Feb. 11. 

^r Reorganizes 

6y Gable) — M. A. 

recognized Monopole 

to handle distribution 

m features and west- 

\o all my friends in the 
American Film Industry 
I send hearty good wishes 
for a prosperous and happy 
New Year 



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1937 Stock, Curb and Bond Market Sales Show Decline 


Eight State Legislatures to Meet; Expect Few Film Bills 

Censorship, Divorce in Mass. 

Likely; Taxation, N. Y. 


Legislatures of eight states are 
scheduled to meet this month, but 
only in Massachusetts are there any 
proposed bills aimed primarily at 
the motion picture industry, a check- 
up yesterday revealed. 

A censorship measure has been 
proposed by State Senator Burke of 
Mass., who reportedly favors the 
setting up of a censor board to re- 

(Continued on Page 3) 


L MPTOA is determined to press its 
ght for a fair trade practice pro- 
gram, Ed Kuykendall, president, 
states in the current issue of the 
organization's general bulletin. Kuy- 
kendall declares that exhibitors are 
discouraged by the alleged lack of 
cooperation and "short-sighted" re- 
sistance of the distributors to the 
MPTOA proposals, which, he says, 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Film Grosses Climb Upward 
as the New Year Bows In 

fyl The 1938 box-office kickoff zoomed 

i 'to higher grosses than last year's 

/New Year week-end, a checkup of 

major circuits and key city runs 

demonstrated yesterday. It was also 

shown that New York City biz 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Boren Readies Bill 

Wash. Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Confirming that he 
would introduce a bill to divorce pro- 
duction, distribution and exhibition of 
motion pictures. Rep. Lyle Boren of 
Oklahoma arrived in the Capital yes- 
terday with a corrected tentative draft 
of the bill. His office indicated it 
would be introduced today or tomor- 


A Film Daily Gallery of Men Whose Activities 
Provided Industry Headlines 


'Twas a Gold- 
w y n year, 
both in and 
outside the 
headlines. The 
New Year had 
scarcely rung 
in than the 
Goldwyn touch 
found itself on 
the London 
Sunday Ex- 
press' annual 
award ior the 
highest stand- 
ard oi production during 1936. lust to 
prove that that newspaper hadn't seen 
anything yet, the superlative Samuel un- 
leashed "Woman Chases Man," "Stella 
Dallas," "Dead End," "The Hurricane." 
Allied with Alexander Korda proposed 
to purchase control oi UA, but found 
finally, insurmountable obstacles barred 
the way. 


Rounded o u t 
his first year 
as vice-presi- 
dent of Loew's, 
Inc., and ex- 
e c u t i v e as- 
sistant to I 
Nicholas M. ; 
S t r e nuously 
a d v o c a t ed 
higher admis- 
sions, declar- 
ing policy to 
be a healthy 

one and ior the good of the business 
generally. With the turning oi the 
leaves last Autumn, Al Lichtman, elected 
a Loew director, turned England-ward 
aboard the Normandie. In him was in- 
vested the responsibility of further de- 
veloping M-G-M's plans for British pro- 
duction, and to speed these plans up. 
As the year iaded out, it was disclosed 
(.Continued on Page 7) 

1937 Financial Survey Shows Lighter 
Trading on Stock, Curb, Bond Markets 

Cagney Returns to Warners 
Under an Order of Court 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — As the result of a 
court order, James Cagney's old 
contract with Warner Bjros. has 
been reinstated. The Los Angeles 
Superior Court decision which void- 
ed the contract in 1935 has in turn 

(.Continued on Page 3) 

The 1938 Film Year Book will contain more in- 
formation than any of its nineteen predeces- 
sors. — Adv. 

Trading in stocks and bonds of 
film and related industries during 
1937 was materially lighter than in 
1936, year-end financial survey com- 
pleted yesterday establishes. 

On the Big Board, total of shares 
traded was 12,693,450 in 1937 as 
against 15,149,580 in 1936, a drop of 
2,456,130. Most active stocks were 
the common issues of Paramount, 
Warner, RKO Radio and Loew's, Inc., 

(.Continued on Page 7) 

Film Year Books have been the Standard Refer- 
ence Books of the motion picture industry 
for years. — Adv. 

Designation Indicated Follow- 
ing Conferences on 
West Coast 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — It is practically cer- 
tain that Pandro S. Berman will be 
asked to take charge of RKO Radio 
production following conferences 
started here yesterday between An- 
drew Christianson, head of the re- 
ceivership department of the Irving 
Trust Co., receiver for RKO, 0. C. 
Doering of counsel for receiver, Leo 
Spitz, president of RKO, Floyd 
Odium of Atlas Corp. and Ed Weisl, 
Odium's attorney. 

Odium came from his ranch to 

(Continued on Page 3) 


Paramount is negotiating with 
Alexander Korda and other English 
producers for the production of pic- 
tures in England, it was confirmed 

It is possible that if Korda ob- 
tains permission to make pictures 
for distribution through companies 
outside of United Artists that a 
Paramount deal will be made. 

Korda and Barney Balaban, presi- 

{Continued on Page 7) 

Zanuck, Schenck Arrive 

from West Coast Today 

Darryl F. Zanuck, 20th-Fox vice- 
president and production head, ar- 
rives here today faced with a strenu- 
ous schedule of conferences and so- 

(.Con;inued on Page 3) 

2-Yr. Tele Course 

RCA Institute, Inc., RCA's school 
for operators and radio engineers, will 
add a two-year term in television in 
March, it was disclosed yesterday. It 
will be available only to those who 
have completed the general course. 



Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1938 

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Inquire Superintendent 
or Telephone BRyant 9-6069 

Modernize Anti-Trust 

Statute, Urges Cummings 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — "A thorough and 
comprehensive study" of the opera- 
tion of the anti-trust laws to bring 
them "into harmony with present 
needs" is recommended by Attorney 
General Cummings in his annual 
report, submitted to Congress yes- 

With Cummings' report was a sec- 
ond by the Attorney General's trust 
busting assistant, Robert H. Jack- 
son, criticizing court interpretation 
of the present statute. It said that 
the courts had "refused to determine 
the validity of price policies in terms 
of the only possible standard which 
can be practically enforced, i.e., re- 

"Instead of that they made 'in- 
tention' to restrain trade the test and 
qualified monopoly by the word 'reas- 
onable,' " Jackson asserted. "Such 
a standard is not only vague, but 
does not permit consideration of the 
real factors involved. 

"In other words, actual results are 
ignored in an effort to determine 
whether a fictitious personality is 
acting in an evil state of mind. The 
anti-trust laws have become theolog- 
ical tracts on corporate morality." 

Kent Awards Ben Miggins 
Foreign Drive First Prize 

Sidney R. Kent, president of 20th- 
Fox, was the principal speaker at 
the testimonial dinner tendered Ben 
Miggins, 20th-Fox European man- 
ager, and Francis L. Harley, United 
Kingdom manager for 20th-Fox, at 
the Plaza Hotel last night. Kent 
presented Miggins with a watch, 
president's prize for carrying off top 
sales honors in the foreign field in 
the last Kent drive. 

Other speakers included Walter J. 
Hutchinson, general foreign man- 
ager, C. V. Hake, Truman Talley, J. 
P. O'Loghlin, William Sussman, east- 
ern division manager, who spoke in 
place of John D. Clark, general sales 
manager, who is ill at his home, and 
Miggins and Harley. The dinner was 
attended by a large group of com- 
pany executives. 

Lee Names AI Margolies 

GB Ad-Publicity Chief 

Arthur A. Lee, vice-president of 
GB, yesterday announced the pro- 
motion of Albert Margolies to the 
post of Director of Advertising and 
Publicity. Margolies, who has just 
completed a year as publicity chief 
for Gaumont, assumes his new duties 

National Board of Review's 
3-Day Meet Opens Jan. 20 

National Board of Review is to 
hold a three-day conference at the 
Hotel Pennsylvania beginning Jan. 
20, jt wag announced yesterday. 

Theater Service Corp. 

Organized by Saenger 

New Orleans — Organized assum- 
ably to replace Affiliated Theaters, 
buying combine for country houses 
controlled by Saenger President E. 
V. Richards, Theater Service Cor- 
poration was chartered here with 
Richards' son John, president, an- 
other son James, secretary; and 
other son Horace, director. New 
company has wide charter permit- 
ting anything from booking, exhib- 
iting, to supplying. 

Anti-Games Ban Waiting 

on Ruling by Atty. Gen. 

Milwaukee, Wis. — It is expected 
that no action will be taken by the 
chief of police here to enforce an 
order banning games in local the- 
aters, which was to have become ef- 
fective Jan. 1, pending an expected 
opinion from Atty. Gen. Orlando S. 
Loomis on the application of the 
state lottery law to theaters. Re- 
ports from the Milwaukee district 
attorney's office indicated that such 
an opinion would be forthcoming 
about Jan. 15. 

Canadian Copyright Fees 
May Show Slight Change 

Toronto — Although further delays 
have occurred in the publication by 
the Copyright Appeal Board, of the 
schedule, for the year 1938, of fees, 
charges or royalties, which may be 
collected by the Canadian Perform- 
ing Right Society, it is intimated, 
on good authority, that so far as 
the fees to be collected from the- 
aters are concerned, the schedule 
will vary but very slightly from 
those charged in 1937. 

Loew's Acquires Norfolk 

Theater, Paying $800,000 

Norfolk, Va.— The Loew's State 
Theater building was sold here at a 
price slightly over $800,000, one of 
the biggest single outright sales of 
real estate ever made in Norfolk. 
Loew's Virginia Enterprise, Inc., 
purchased the building from the 
Branby Norfolk Corp., a subsidiary 
of United Cigar- Whalen Corp. 

Foreign Language Versions 
Planned for "Snow White" 

"Snow White and the Seven 
Dwarfs," Walt Disney's production 
for RKO release, is to be dubbed in 
French, Spanish, German, Italian and 
Scandinavian languages, it was re- 
ported yesterday. 

Ehrlich Resigns at GN 

Henry F. Ehrlich, of Grand Na- 
tional's legal staff, has resigned ef- 
fective Friday, it was reported yes- 

cominc flflD G0MG 

JOSEPH M. SCHENCK, 20th-Fox board chair- 
man, DARRYL F. ZANUCK, 20th-Fox vice- 
president and production head, MRS. ZANUCK, 
public relations department head, and SID 
GRAUMAN, managing director of C^^ an's 
Chinese Theater, arrive this mornirX 'om 
California on the Century. They wil'. eturn 
to the Coast after the opening of "In Old 
Chicago" Thursday night. 

M. H. AYLESWORTH returns to New York 
the end of this week. 

CLINTON M. WHITE, CB assistant general 
manager, arrived in Cincinnati last night on 
the first lap of a 3 weeks' tour of the ex- 

SIG WHITMAN, Universal eastern district 
manager, is in Cincinnati, and will go to sev- 
eral other exchanges before his return next 

MONROE CREENTHAL, United Artists direc- 
tor of publicity and advertising, returned 
from Miami yesterday. 

COL. JACK ALICOATE, publisher of THE 
FILM DAILY and RADIO DAILY, returns from 
a southern trip today. 

DAVID MARCUS, deputy commissioner for 
New York Department of Correction, will leave 
for the Coast tomorrow to act as technical 
adviser on a new Warner pix tentatively titled 
"Blackwell's Island." 

LEON NETTER, Paramount Theater execu- 
tive, leaves today on a ten-day business trip 
to Kansas City, Des Moines and Omaha. 

MARCOT GRAHAME leaves New York for 
New Orleans today. She will attend the 
premiere of "The Buccaneer," new Paramount 
picture directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 

talk Series producer, returns today from the 

NIELA GOODELLE sails today for France 
on the Champlain. 

ELLA LOGAN arrives from the Coast today 
on the Century after completion of a role in 
the new "Coldwyn Follies." 

TULLIO CARMINATI returns to New York 
on January 1 1 aboard the Europa after a 
year's stay abroad. 

CHARLES B. COCHRAN, English producer, 
GLADYS HANSON sail for England today on 
the Berengaria. 

Building Service Employes 
Union Looks for ITOA Pact 

Pending conclusion of a blanket 
contract with ITOA, looked for with- 
in 60 days, members of Local 54, 
Building Service Employes, have re- 
turned to work at the Greenwich 
Theater, Lou Conway, union chief, 
declared yesterday. Theater, re- 
ported to be a member of ITOA, is 
to be considered party to proposed 
ITOA pact. 

Best wishes from The Film 
the following on their 
Sam Dembow 
Isaac Blumenthal 

Daily to 

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1938 




(Continued from Page 1) 

place the present board which acts 
only on the deletions of scenes for 
Sunday showings. Although the bill 
has not been heard, it has been given 
th'-^^signation of SB 57. 

^"I^s also understood that a the- 
ater divorce bill will be considered 
in the Massachusetts legislature. 
There have been some discussions 
on the proposal but no action has 
been taken as yet to incorporate it 
in a bill. 

In New York State, the threat of 
industry taxation as a relief meas- 
ure impends. Governor Lehman's 
views are expected to be disclosed 
in his annual message tomorrow. 

Other states whose law makers 
will meet this month are Kentucky, 
Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Is- 
land, South Carolina and Virginia. 
Louisiana's legislature is due to con- 
vene in May. 

All other states have no legislative 
sessions scheduled until 1939. 

Cagney Returns to Warners 
Under an Order of Court 

(Continued from Page 1) 

been voided by the California Su- 
preme Court in San Francisco where 
a stipulation has been filed by both 
sides. Cagney returns to the War- 
fold on Mar. 14, it is stated, and 
announcement of his first picture 
is expected to be made within a 

Since Cagney's contract with 
Warners was voided, the star has 
appeared in two pictures for Grand 
National. Last report of Cagney's 
GN connection had him scheduled 
to start production on "Angels with 
Dirty Faces" Jan. 15. Film was to 
be produced by his brother, William 
Cagney, and James Cagney was to 
receive a flat guarantee of $150,000 
for the picture. 


Jean Riley 

Chicago — Miss Jean Riley, cash- 
ier of the Windsor, who was shot 
in a holdup of the theater recently, 
died at the Henrotin Hospital. 

Harlow M. Davis 
Belmont, Mass. — Harlow M. Da- 
vis, 52, father of Bette Davis, screen 
star, died here Jan. 1 of a heart 

Thomas E. Le Sueur 

Abilene, Tex. — Thomas E. Le 

Sueur, 70, father of Joan Crawford, 

screen star, and Hal H. Le Sueur, 

died here of a cerebral hemorrhage. 

Milton Weil 

Chicago — Milton Weil, 49, com- 
poser and head of a music publish- 
ing company, died Dec. 31 at the 
Grant Park Hospital following an 



T T T 

• • • THE BIG Event of the Film Year announcement of the 

official Ten Best pictures the consensus of opinion of over 500 

motion picture editors of newspapers throughout the United States 

this is the Sixteenth Annual Poll conducted by FILM DAILY 

and the industry throughout the world long since came to accept 

this poll as the final decision as to which pictures in the public esti- 
mate are entitled to claim the palm as the Ten Best 

▼ TV 

• • • ANNOUNCEMENT will be officially made in the 

columns of this paper on Thursday simultaneously with an- 
nouncement in the newspapers of all the participating film edi- 
tors and the colorful dramatization on the radio by the 

March of Time whose members have been looking over reels 

and reels of the winning pictures so that they can properly in- 
terpret the highlight scenes from the Ten Best over the 

NBC network on Thursday evening an event that no one 

in the industry should miss 

▼ T T 

• • • HANDLING OF the correspondence with the newspaper 

editors on the Poll has proved a gigantic task hundreds of 'em 

all steamed up, because they find their readers are all agog as they 

in turn select the Ten Best for the local polls trying to see how 

close they can come to matching the official poll conducted by FILM 

DAILY here are just a few of the expressions of enthusiasm from 

the motion picture editors 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • LEO MILLER, of the Bridgeport (Conn.) Herald: 
"Our fifth annual tie-up with your poll pulled a record-breaking 
total of 2,577 entries, more than 50 per cent better than in 1936 
and more than six times the number filed in the Herald's first 
contest in 1933. Every city and town in Connecticut, as well as 
outside communities from Lewiston, Me. to Lexington, Ky., were 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • WILL BALTIN. of the Daily Home News. New Brunswick. 
N. J.: "Response this year far exceeded response of a year ago. Bal- 
lots were still pouring in today as this was being written. We expect 
about 1.600 votes this year. There is no doubt of increased reader 
interest Some of the readers even asked newsstand dealers if they 
handle FILM DAILY, in hopes of getting a hint on the Ten Best." 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • BOYD MARTIN, of the Courier-Journal, Louisville, 

Ky.: "We had a total of 2,425 entries, twenty-five per cent more 

than last year. The interest in the contest was great." 

W. E. J. Martin, of the Courier-Express, Buffalo: "The contest 
wound up with 3,211 ballots, eleven per cent higher than in 1936. 

Our circulation director and editor are for this contest" 

and so we could go on for kolyums, quoting enthusiastic com- 
ments like this from large and small newspapers everywhere, 
whose film editors have found the Ten Best Poll the greatest 
drawing card of the year for their readers 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • SPECTACLE and we use that word advisedly 

as applied to the 20th Century-Fox special, "In Old Chicago" 

all reports indicate that Darryl Zanuck has produced a B.O. Bonanza 

of really impressive proportions the spectacular fire scenes are 

matched by a warm, human story that will rank this as one of the 
most impressive productions that has come from Hollywood in many 

« « « 

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(Continued from Page I ; 

attend the sessions and plans to 
leave for New York Thursday. 

It is reported that Gregory La 
Cava and Tay Garnett have been of- 
fered term contracts to make two 
pictures yearly. 

Two theater operators heretofore 
given little mention for the post of 
head of RKO theater affairs are very 
likely to be given joint control of 
the department it was understood. 
The post was left vacant on the 
resignation of Nate Blumberg to ac- 
cept the presidency of Universal. It 
is understood that J. J. O'Connor 
was favored as his successor by 
Blumberg. More recently the name 
of Sam Dembow has been mentioned 
in connection with the appointment. 

Zanuck, Schenck Arrive 

from West Coast Today 

(Continued from Page \) 

cial engagements, including the 
Thursday opening of "In Old Chi- 
cago." Joeph M. Schenck, 20th-Fox 
board chairman, Mrs. Schenck, Alice 
Faye, Colonel Jason Joy, head of 
the studios' public relations depart- 
ment, and Sid Grauman, managing 
director of Grauman's Chinese The- 
ater, are also in the party. 

Most important business on tap 
will be conferences between Sidney 
R. Kent, 20th-Fox prexy, and John 
D. Clark, general sales manager, 
with 1938 product plans to be talked. 


Richmond, Va. — Sam Bendheim 
Jr., general manager Neighborhood 
Theaters of Virginia, is expected 
back at his desk the latter part of 
the week after being confined to his 
home by illness since Dec. 26. 

Richmond, Va. — Three local pro- 
jectionists have been on the sick list 
for the past week. Leroy Ford, 
Byrd; Henry Saunders, Carrillon, 
and W. L. Baltimore, Strand. 

Cincinnati — An epidemic of grippe 
has attacked many members of the 
film colony: among those suffering 
are Warner's Irene Hecker, Harry 
Brinker and Jim McLay. 

Milwaukee, Wis. — Eddie Vollen- 
dorf, booker for Warner-Saxe The- 
aters, is confined to a local hospital 
with pneumonia. 

Cincinnati — Mrs. Edna Hunt, 
mother of Herman Hunt, manager of 
National Theater Supply branch, was 
seriously injured by a hit and run 
driver at Little Rock, Ark. 







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Victor Kllian >An Anatole Litvak Prod'n 
Screen Play by Casey Robinson • Adapted from the Play 
by Jacques Deval • English Version by Robert E. Sherwood 
Music by Max Steiner 

: V r V DAILY 

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1938 


(.Continued from Page 1) 

contain no impractical, visionary de- 

"We are determined," Kuykendall 
writes, "to keep pressing the matter 
with all the resources at our com- 
mand, as this specific program is 
obviously right and sound, so much 
so that there is no exhibitor criti- 
cism of any of the MPTOA propo- 
sals as such." 

"The only 'insurmountable ob- 
stacle' " he concludes "to the specific 
proposals as presented by MPTOA 
is the refusal of the distributors to 
give their active cooperation. The 
responsibility for the fact that it 
is not now in active use rests 
squarely upon them. Nothing else 
matters except the breaking down of 
the unyielding resistance of the ma- 
jor distributors to active coopera- 
tion with the exhibitors on these pro- 
posals. Maybe the course of events 
in 1938 will crack this resistance." 

Film Scandal Gossip 

on Air Hit by MPTOA 

Summarizing the radio contro- 
versy in the January general bulle- 
tin of the MPTOA, Ed Kuykendall, 
prexy, writes that it is becoming 
"increasingly clear to exhibitors" 
that "radio broadcasting is potent 
though legitimate competition to the 
motion picture theaters" and that 
the exhibs' "only justifiable com- 
plaint seems to be against the use 
and misuse of motion picture talent 
and material in broadcasting, as a 
competing form of entertainment". 

Kuykendall adds in his summation: 

"How far should our own industry 
go in building up a rival attraction 
by supplying its best drawing cards 
to radio programs ? How much dam- 
age is done to valuable motion pic- 
ture properties by use and misuse on 
radio? How much benefit do we get 
from radio advertising, and from ra- 
dio's development of talent now used 
in pictures? These are the difficult 
questions that call for sane, analy- 
tical consideration, rather than ap- 
peals to prejudices and passion. 

"We welcome any fair, honest 
criticism and intelligent comment on 
motion pictures as such, including 
casting and character portrayals, 
but scandal gossip about the private 
lives of motion picture workers by 
illegitimate 'news' commentators as 
a commercial advertisement on the 
radio seems to us to be completely 
out of place on sponsored radio pro- 

Northwest Allied to Hold 

Silver Jubilee Exposition 

Minneapolis — Allied Theaters of 
the Northwest will mark the silver 
jubilee of exhib organization in this 
sector Jan. 31-Feb. 2 with an indus- 
try exposition. 


"In Old Chicago" 

with Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don 

Ameche, Alice Brady, Andy Devine, 

Brian Donlevy 

20th Century-Fox 115 Mins. 



The famous Chicago fire of 1870, with 
buildings being dynamited, families flee- 
ing to Lake Michigan, and cattle stamped- 
ing, features this mighty spectacle wnich 
should do big business at the box-office. 
Henry King has done a brilliant job of 
directing, blending the thrills, romance 
and intrigue effectively. Kenneth Mac- 
gowan rates credit as associate producer. 
The picture has many human qualities and 
depicts the trials and tribulations of the 
O'Leary family. Alice Brady, in a serious 
role, does excellent work as a pioneer 
woman who starts a small laundry to sup- 
port her family. One son is Tyrone Power, 
who turns in a fine performance as a 
resourceful leader in "The Patch," the 
slum district of Chicago. Another son is 
Don Ameche, who does splendid acting as 
a stalwart young lawyer who becomes 
mayor of Chicago and opposes the things 
his brother represents. Alice Faye is dec- 
orative and capable as the chief enter- 
tainer in Power's saloon, who has torrid 
and tempestuous love scenes with Power, 
her sweetheart. Brian Donlevy is very 
convincing as Power's principal opponent 
in "The Patch." Berton Churchill, Phyllis 
Brooks, Tom Brown, and Andy Devine are 
among the important piayers. Lamar 
Trotti and Sonya Levien contributed a 
gripping screen play based on Niven 
Busch's original story. Peverell Marley's 
photography is high grade. Lew Pollack 
and Sidney D. Mitchell, and Mack Gordon 
and Harry Revel wrote four songs for the 
production. Backed by Churchill, Power 
operates the biggest saloon in "The Patch." 
Unknown to Ameche, Power has his 
brother nominated for mayor. Donlevy, 
also a candidate for mayor, believes he 
has Power's support, but Power has a 
brawl at Donlevy's biggest rally and Don- 
levy's followers are arrested and thrown 
into jail. Ameche is elected and declares 
he will wipe out "The Patch," which he 
terms a firetrap. The famous fire starts 
in his mother's barn, and Power believes 
Ameche started it. Convinced by another 
brother, Tom Brown, that the fire started 
accidentally, Power hurries to Ameche to 
warn him that Donlevy and his hoodlums 
are determined to kill him. Ameche and 
Donlevy both are killed in the fire, and 
Power finds his mother and sweetheart 
have been saved. 

CAST: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don 
Ameche, Alice Brady, Andy Devine, Brian 
Donlevy, Phyllis Brooks, Tom Brown, Sid- 
ney Blackmer, Berton Churchill, June Storey, 
Paul Hurst, Tyler Brooks, J. Anthony 
Hughes, Gene Reynolds, Bob Watson, 
Billy Watson, Madame Sultewan, Spencer 
Charters, Rondo Hatton, Thelma Manning, 
Ruth Gillette, Eddie Collins, Scott Mat- 
t-raw, Joe Twerp, Charles Lane, Charles 
Hummel Wilson, Frank Dae, Harry Stubbs, 
Joe King, Francis Ford, Robert Murphy, 
Wade Boteler, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Rus- 
sell Hicks. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Kenneth 


Erpi has definitely entered the 
field of general industry, with the 
company vitally interested in every 
phase of business to which sound 
and electro-acoustic instruments can 
be applied, it was announced yes- 
terday by H. G. Knox, vice-president 
in charge of engineering, at the for- 
mal opening of the new New York 
laboratory, on Varick Street. 

A new "negative playback ampli- 
fier" was demonstrated for the first 
time. This machine is of particular 
importance to newsreel companies as 
it is possible to make a news shot 
ready for theater release immediate- 
ly after its arrival, instead of hav- 
ing to make a work print first. The 
efficiency of this new apparatus was 
demonstrated with a reel carrying 
sound. Numerous other improve- 
ments in sound reception, amplifica- 
tion and acoustics were also demon- 

Another advancement for films 
was marked when a new sound ap- 
paratus for 16mm. machines was 
demonstrated. This new machine 
was singularly free from film pro- 
pulsion troubles and distortion com- 
mon to this type of apparatus. 



Industry to Lick Decline 
With Brains— Kuykendall 

"Intensified advertising, better 
merchandising of the show and im- 
proved management of the theater" 
largely will offset the effect of "de- 
clining business conditions" on film 
biz, President Ed Kuykendall of the 
MPTOA points out in the organiza- 
tion's January bulletin issued yes- 

Kuykendall also calls exhib atten- 
tion to the opportunities for outside 
help, citing "a widespread, friendly 
and constructive interest among 
schools, educators, religious organi- 
zations, club women, libraries and 
other public groups." "A little sym- 
pathetic co-operation" by exhibs 
"frequently yields amazing results," 
he says. 

Meet the Professors 

ATUMEROUS motion picture direc- 
tors and technicians of Holly- 
wood turned collegiate and assumed 
titles of "professors" with the^open- 
ing of the winter quarter oj Uni- 
versity College, evening divis r _.. of 
the University of Southern Califor- 
nia last night. 

Among those who will assume the 
new role are Arthur Freudeman, art 
director for Paramount Studios for 
the past fifteen years; Arthur 
Brooks, whose studio will be the 
class room for instruction in film 
cutting and editing; and Lewis W. 
Physioc who will feature trick pho- 
tography, lighting, and camera tech- 
nique. Hugh B. Gunter, cameraman 
will instruct embryo technicians in 
sound dubbing and recording. 

Robert Taylor as Emcee 

Robert Taylor will act as master 
of ceremonies on the "Good News of 
1938" air program Thursday, at 9 
P.M., EST. It will be one of Tay- 
lor's infrequent radio appearances 
and his first since returning from 
England where he has just completed 
work in "A Yank At Oxford." Other 
players on the program will include 
Frank Morgan, Judy Garland, Betty 
Jaynes, Douglas McPhail, Fanny 
Brice and Lionel Barrymore. 

Film Grosses Climb Upward 
as the New Year Bows In 

209 Day-Dates Now Set 

for "Swing Your Lady" 

Warners has set 209 day and date 
engagements on "Swing Your Lady," 
coincidental with its national re- 
lease date, which is Jan. 8. 

Macgowan; Director, Henry King; Author, 
Niven Busch; Screenplay, Lamar Trotti, 
Sonya Levien; Special effects scenes staged 
by Fred Sersen, Ralph Hammeras, Louis i. 
Witte; Scenes directed by H. Bruce Hum- 
berstone and photographed by Daniel B. 
Clark; Music and Lyrics, Mack Gordon, 
Harry Revel, Lew Pollack, Sidney Mit- 
chell; Cameraman, Peverell Marley; 
Art Director, William Darling; Associate, 
Rudolph Sternad; Editor, Barbara McLean; 
Musical Director, Louis Silvers. 

High Grade. 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

gained between 10 and 20 p.c. over 
the same period last year. 

RKO, Loew and Warner field 
reports showed appreciable gains in 
most instances, with product ac- 
counting for small variations, offi- 
cials said. Loew houses last year 
played the films which set house 
records, and these, it was said, were 

Chicago — More than 100,000 at- 
tended the loop theaters for the 
New Year celebrations, at an in- 
creased price range of $1. Houses 
were packed, many could not get in. 

Detroit — Capacity houses at a ma- 
jority of Detroit theaters was the 
rule for midnight shows on New 
Year's Eve. Addition of stage shows 
to nabe theater programs helped 
out in suburban areas. 

Toronto — Substantial additional 
receipts accrued to film theaters 
through SRO New Year's shows, at 
advanced admissions. 

Lincoln, Neb. — Biz on the eve of 
1938 was the heftiest in many years. 
Every one of the 9 downtown the- 
aters here was open and taxed to 
capacity for the celebration. 

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1938 



A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 

'■'¥'. 7 (Continued from Page 1) 
that AI was one of 11 Loew executives 
destined for a new profit-sharing con- 


A p p ropriately 
designated as 
t h e Madame 
Curie of film- 
land, this both 
artistic and sci- 
entific lady, 
who is also an 
executive and 
a d m i nistrator 
of exceptional 
ability, spent, 
as is her wont, 
a full and ex- 
acting year. 
The industry was not a( all surprised, 
when following a decision by Technicolor 
to carry out an expansion program, she 
.sailed away to London to take charge 
of the British end of business for the 
company when it was ready to put into 
full swing its brand new plant over there. 
This move marked another milestone in 
her usefulness to the organization, and 
heralded a broadening of Technicolor's 
grip on overseas production. Under her 
supervision, the plant made prints for 
the U. S. market, taking some of the 
pressure from the Hollywood machinery, 
and served the color needs, too, of British 
pix makers, while her husband. Dr. Her- 
bert T. Kalmus, concentrated on working 
out plans for several labs in Continental 


This genial, 
producer was 
i equally if not 
more promi- 
i nent in film 
circles on this 
side of the At- 
lantic during 
-19 3 7 than is 
his native Eng- 
land. Made 
deal with RKO- 
Radio to han- 
dle his "V5o- 
toria The 

Great"; brought print to New York; pre- 
viewed it at the Astor Theater; more 
than 300 industry execs, plus the press, 
and celebrated the occasion with a royal 
banquet at the Hotel Astor. The night of 
the public opening at Radio City Music 
Hall, Mr. Wilcox hosted at another feast, 
at the Ritz Carlton. He and the film's 
star, Anna Neagle, accompanied by RKO 
execs galore, hied to Ottawa and other 
Canadian cities. Each gave Mr. Wilcox 
the key thereof. Round about this time 
RKO-Radio officially announced a con- 
tact with him, calling for three pix an- 
nually for next 10 years. Last Summer 
le journeyed to Italy, planning to make 
<ome features there. Subsequently decided 
:o abandon this project. 

Year's Summary of Stock and Bond Sales 

New York Stock Market Sales Reach 12,693,450 



Stocks and 'Dividends in Dollars Sales 

Columbia Pictures, vtc. (1) 178,150 

Columbia Pictures, pf. (254) 14,500 

Consolidated Film Ind 133,800 

Consolidated Film Ind. pf. (/) 124,200 

Eastman Kodak (8) 161,400 

Eastman Kodak pf. (6) 3,710 

Keith-Albee-Orpheum pf. (10/) 1,190 

Loew's, Inc. (7/) 1,009,400 

Loew's, Inc. pf. (6/ ) 13,600 

Paramount Pictures 5,050,900 

Paramount Pictures 1st pf. (6) 113,800 

Paramount Pictures 2nd pf. (.60) 572,200 

Pathe Film Corp 521,200 

Radio-Keith-Orpheum 1,503,200 

20th Century-Fox F (2/) 608,400 

20th Century-Fox F pf. (1/) 55,600 

Universal Pictures 1st pf 6,320 

Warner Brothers Pictures 2,613,900 

Warner Brothers Pictures pf 7,980 






Net Change 
























— 3% 
























— 7/ 
























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— 43/ 








— 4/ 











































TOTAL 12,693,450 

New York Ctirb Market Sales Total 1,804,925 



Columbia Pictures (1) 
Grand National Films 
Sentry Safety Control 

Sonotone (/) 

Technicolor (H) 

Trans-Lux (.20) 

Universal Pictures . . . 



92 5 
























Last Net 









— Wi 

— 2/ 

— / 

— / 

— 5 

— 1/ 

— 4/ 










TOTAL 1,804,925 

New York Bond Market Sales for 1937, $18,617,000 




Keith B. F. 6s '46 $599,000 

Loew's 3/s '46 3,534,000 

Paramount 6s '55 5,952,000 

Paramount-Broadway 3s '55 ct 758,000 

Paramount 3/s '47 1,920,000 

Radio-Keith-Orpheum 6s '41 777,000 

Warner Brothers 6s '39 5,077,000 






Net Change 
















— 4 








































TOTAL $18,617,000 



(Continued from Page 1) 

in that order. Paramount's top fig- 
ure was 5,050,900. 

On the Curb Market, total of 
shares went down 132,675 from the 
1936 total of 1,937,600 to 1,804,925. 
Technicolor was the most active with 
789,700, followed by Grand National, 
Sonotone and Trans Lux in that or- 

Most sharp drop was in the bond 
list, with the 1937 figure of $18,- 
617,000 off $10,274,000 from the 1936 
total of $28,891,000. Para. 6's were 
most active with sales totalling $5,- 
952,000, followed by Warner 6's, 
Loew's 3%'s and Para.'s 3%'s. 

Year's net changes in all three 
divisions — Stock Exchange, Curb 
Market and Bond Market — were on 
the minus side. 

Hays Board to Meet 

Adjourned meeting of the MPPDA 
board of directors is scheduled to 
be held today. Unfinished business 
from the session held Dec. 20 will 
be taken up. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

dent of Paramount, yesterday con- 
ferred in the latter's office. No 
statement was forthcoming. 

Alexander Korda last night re- 
fused to deny or confirm a published 
Coast report that he would sue Mary 
Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and 
Charles Chaplin on the grounds that 
they misrepresented the United Ar- 
tists setup when they induced him 
to become a partner more than two 
years ago. Korda also would make 
no comment on another published 
Coast report that he would withdraw 
from UA as a producer and owner- 

When asked by The Film Daily if 
there were any truth in the stories, 
Korda replied that he was unable to 
make a statement at this time. 

Korda said that he planned to re- 
turn to England either tomorrow on 
the Berengaria or on Jan. 12 on the 
Aquitania, indicating that the latter 
date was more probable. 

Freedman Joins Small 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Zac Freedman, New 
York showman, has joined Ed Small 
Productions as an associate, it is 
announced here. His initial assign- 
ment is to inaugurate as a radio fea- 
ture, "Adventures of Esky," upon 
which he has already commenced 


New Haven, Conn. — Evelyn and 
Lillian, twin daughters of Selig 
Fishman, of Fishman Theaters, will 
be married to Oscar Shenkin of New 
York and Dr. Jack Chasnoff of New 
Haven, respectively, in a double wed- 
ding ceremony at the Elks' Club, 
Jan. 30. 

New Haven, Conn. — Mimi Gurien, 
of the Universal exchange staff, is 
bethrothed to Harry Sonn of New 
Rochelle, and will be married in 

Lionel Toll, editor of The Inde- 
pendent, ITOA publication, will 
middle-aisle it shortly with Miss 
Ruth Goodwin of Scranton, Pa. 
Their engagement was announced 
New Year's Eve. 



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V % 73. NO. 3 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Nineteen Years Old 



Defer Introduction of National Theater Divorce Bill 


Whitney Goes to Coast for Selznick-Metro Deal Meet 


A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 


In the steady 
expansion pro- 
gram oi the 
Saenger the- 
aiers was reg- 
ularly d i s - 
cernible the 
guiding hand 
of that organi- 
zation's presi- 
dent and gen- 
eral manager. 
Among other 
things, E. V. re- 
placed screens 
throughout the 

circuit. Closed big deals with several 
majors, including Columbia, 20th-Fox and 
Paramount. Incidentally, E. V. continued 
to serve on latter company's board oi 


high in the 
favor of ex- 
hibition inter- 
ests both large 
and small, as 
well as in per- 
sonal popular- 
ity . Made 
things hum on 
the national 
sales front 
with "U" prod- 
uct, dispensing 
with charac- 
teristic dash the entire line-up which in- 
cluded such pix as "100 Men and a 
Girl," "Three Smart Girls" and that au- 
thentic and interesting "Wings Over 
Honolulu." Played a prominent role in 
company's annual sales meet which was 
held last mid-year on the Coast. In late 
November, word burst on the industry 
that Jimmy was departing as Unlversal's 
{Continued on Page 7) 

SI Board Chairman Will Par- 
ticipate in Discussion 

Closing of the long-pending deal 
between Selznick International Pic- 
tures and M-G-M was brought a step 
nearer through announcement yes- 
terday that John Hay Whitney, 
chairman of the SI board, would 
definitely leave New York today by 
plane for Chicago and there board 

(Continued on Page 6) 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Two northern Cali- 
fornia independent circuit operators 
are reported to have pledged sub- 
stantial backing for proposed new 
national producing and distributing 
company. Veteran motion picture 

{Continued on Page 2) 

Para. Sales Executives 

Entrain for N. 0. Parley 

Paramount home office sales ex- 
ecutives entrain at 2:25 p.m. today 
for the company's two-day sales ses- 
sion which gets under way at the 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Copyright Bills l/p 

Wash. Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — International copyright 
treaty bill, recently reported favorably 
by the Senate Patents Committee, will 
be passed without further hearings, it 
was indicated here yesterday. It was 
also indicated that the Duffy copy- 
right bill eliminating the $250 damage 
fee clause would receive Senate con- 
sideration this session. 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Ned E. Depinet, at 
present RKO Radio vice-president 
in charge of distribution, may be 
named to head the studio produc- 
tion setup, it was reported yester- 
day following second day of con- 
ferences on the question. Depinet 
is said to have solid support of An- 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Date for Exhib Leaders' 

Conference Will Be Set 

A date will be set before the end 
of this week for the oft-postponed 
meeting of Nathan Yamins, Harry 
Brandt and Ed Kuykendall for the 
purpose of discussing a fair trade 

'Continued on Page 6) 

Boren Divorce Bill Move Waits Upon 
House General Monopoly Legislation 

Audio Productions Takes 

GSS Studios at Astoria 

Audio Productions Inc., producer 
of industrial films, has acquired the 
Eastern Studios of General Service 
Studios Inc., the organization operat- 
ing the former Paramount Studios 
in Astoria, L. I. Audio will center 
its production headquarters at the 
(Continued on Page 2) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Conferences Rep. 
Lyle Boren of Oklahoma has been 
holding since the session started with 
Chairman Lea, and other members 
of the House Interstate and Foreign 
Commerce Committee resulted yes- 
terday in the decision to postpone 
introduction of the film divorce 
measure until the House Steering 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Expect to Better That Figure 

in 1938, Says Board 


"Net earnings for 20th Century- 
Fox will approximate $10,000,000 
for the year and we expect to better 
that figure during the coming year", 
Joseph M. Schenck, board chairman, 
told The Film Daily yesterday upon 
his arrival from the Coast. 

Schenck also stated that the pres- 
ent British production schedule 
would be carried through at Denham 
by Robert Kane, and that no per- 
sonnel changes here or abroad were 

A similar optimistic viewpoint was 
manifest by Darryl Zanuck, 20th-Fox 

(Continued on Page 7) 

SET FOR APR. 25-28 

Society of Motion Picture Engi- 
neers has set April 25 to 28 as time 
for its Spring convention at the 
Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, 
D. C, it was learned yesterday. 
Semi-annual banquet of the society 
is to be held on the evening of April 
27, it was announced. 

At the same time officers and 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Irving Trust Reported 

As Backing O'Connor 

With conferences on the Coast 
mulling appointments of RKO Radio 
studio chief and RKO theater op- 
erating head, it was reliably reported 
in New York last night that the Irv- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Para.-RKO End Pool 

Kansas City, Mo. — The Paramount- 
RKO pool, under which the Mainstreer 
and Newman Theaters have been oper- 
ated for the last year is dissolved. 



Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1938 

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latter establishment beginning this 

Audio will operate the Eastern 
Service Studios as a separate divi- 
sion. These studios, which previous- 
ly have offered complete eastern 
technical facilities to prominent 
West Coast producers, will be 
henceforth even more attractive, it 
was stated, because not only will the 
entire former studio operating per- 
sonnel be maintained intact but the 
production departments of Audio al- 
so will be available now as an in- 
tegral part of the organization. 

In commenting on the move, Frank 
K. Speidell, President of Audio Pro- 
ductions Inc., yesterday said, "This 
expansion of Audio is necessitated 
by an increased volume of produc- 
tion and a constantly increasing 
need for space for the concentration 
of all departments under one roof." 

Other officers in the new combined 
enterprise are: 

A. J. Wilson, vice president in 
charge of sales; C. L. Glett, vice 
president in charge of production; 
E. G. Wasrner, secretary and treas- 
urer; P. J. Mooney, assistant secre- 

General Service Studios West 
Coast branch will continue as an in- 
dependently operating subsidiary of 

Report Financing Pledged 
for New Prod.-Distrib. Firm 

(Continued from Page 1) 

figures are said to be formulating 
plans for the company which would 
be organized along the lines of the 
old First National setup. 

Goodman Succeeds Forbstein 
On Warner Radio Program 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Al Goodman is to 
succeed Leo Forbstein as musical 
director at Warner Bros, radio pro- 
gram, it was reported yesterday. 
Forbstein resigned because of pres- 
sure of duties as head of the War- 
ner studio music department. Good- 
man leaves New York late this week 
for Hollywood to make his first 
appearance on the program Jan. 19. 

Cagnev's GN Pix Will 

Proceed, Says Alperson 

James Cagney is to proceed as 
agreed in the starring: role of 
"Angels with Dirty Faces" for 
Grand National, Edward L. Alper- 
son, GN president, declared yester- 
day on his arrival from Hollywood. 
Alperson plans to return to Holly- 
wood today or tomorrow to place 
the Cagney vehicle in immediate 
production and to follow with stu- 
dio schedule as announced, it was 

Taplinger WB Contact Man 
With "Your H'wood Parade" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Robert S. Taplinger 
has been named Warner contact 
with "Your Hollywood Parade" ra- 
dio program and will continue his 
work as studio publicity director. 

Reports of imminent formation of 
new major production-distribution- 
exhibition setup were first published 
exclusively in The Film Daily of 
Dec. 28, 1937. 

"In Old Chicago" Coast 

Premiere Set for Jan. 14 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Coast premiere of "In 
Old Chicago", has been set for the 
4-Star Theater the night of Jan. 14, 
it was learned yesterday. Pix will 
have premiere showing at Mayfair 
Theater in Miami on Jan. 18, and 
will open on a road show basis all 
over the world within a short time. 
Road show engagements have been 
set for London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, 
Vienna, Budapest, Stockholm, Alex- 
andria, Helsingfors, Calcutta, Oslo, 
Bombay, Manila, Honolulu, Mexico 
City, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, 
Perth and other cities all over the 
globe as well as in this country. 

Take Depositions In N. D. 

Divorce Test Tomorrow 

Depositions will be taken tomor- 
row in Minneapolis in the North 
Dakota theater divorce case in 
which Paramount and two subsidi- 
aries seek to enjoin North Dakota 
officials from enforcing a statute 
requiring film companies to divest 
themselves of theater holdings. The 
taking of depositions was scheduled 
to start yesterday, but was post- 

Defendant in the test suit are 
state officials, including the gov- 
ernor and attorney general. Plain- 
tiffs are Paramount, Minnesota 
Amusement Co. and the American 
Amusement Co. 

Hal Home Opening Offices 
as Producer Representative 

Hal Home yesterday announced 
opening of offices in the RKO Build- 
ing, Radio City, where he will act 
as producers' representative for a 
group of producers including Walt 
Disney Productions and Edward 
Small Productions. Home said he 
would hold an interest in the last- 
named: An English group, names of 
which were not revealed, is also 
to be handled by Home. 

Record for "Snow White" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Walt Disney's 
"Snow White and the Seven 
Dwarfs" smashed all-time house 
records of the Carthay Circle The- 
ater for the first two weeks of any 
engagement, according to Manager 
Roy Dusern. 

JOHN HAY WHITNEY, Selznick International 
board chairman, leaves for the Coast today 
on the Century. 

sail for a month's vacation in Honolulu on 
January 8. 

and VIRGINIA WERTHEIMER were alsVin the 
Schenck and Zanuck party that trained in 
from the Coast yesterday. They plan to 
go back to the Coast on Friday. 

LOUIS NIZER returns today from a West 
Indies cruise. 

EDWARD L. ALPERSON, CN prexy, expects 
to return to Hollywood today or tomorrow. 

JAMES P. O'LOCHLIN, 20th-Fox Canadian 
district manager is in New York, and he sails 
for a West Indies cruise vacation this Sat- 
urday accompanied by his daughter. 

WILLIAM SUSSMAN, 20th-Fox eastern dis- 
trict manager, and MRS. SUSSMAN, sail today 
for a month's vacation in Italy and the French 

AL COODMAN leaves for Hollywood late 
this week to take charge of the music on 
Warner Bros, radio program. 

THOMAS ORCHARD, associate producer for 
The March of Time, has retunred to New 
York after a week's stay in Pittsburgh. 

LOGAN, Hollywood actress, arrived on the 
Century yesterday. 

HARRY SHERMAN, Paramount producer, is 
staying at the Warwick. 

BILLY WILKERSON, publisher of the Holly- 
wood Reporter, planed in yesterday from the 
Coast, and plans to return Friday. 

MARC CONNOLLY is in Havana where he 
will complete the work on a new play he is 

BURTON HOLMES arrives in New York next 
week for a series of lectures. 

LUPE VELEZ plans to return to Mexico 
next month for more picture work there. 

JACQUELINE WELLS. Columbia player, is in 
New York for a vacation. 

the United Kingdom, plans to return to Eng- 
land next week. 

W. G. VAN SCHMUS. managing director of 
Radio City Music Hall, leaves for Hollywood 
today to inspect product. He said it was 
a routine visit. 

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(Cojitinued from Page 1) 

Committee reports on general mo- 
nopoly legislation. 

Boren told The Film Daily the 
conferences since his return to 
Washington followed "a year's study 
of the motion picture problem". 
Among those sitting in on the com- 
mittee conferences was Rep. Samuel 
Pettengill, sponsor of block-booking 
legislation, which apparently has 
been sidetracked for this Congress. 

Boren indicated that if and when 
his measure is finally introduced it 
will not be until a lapse of a month 
or six weeks to allow for thorough 
study of general monopoly legisla- 
tion that might be introduced. 

"It may very well be that a gen- 
eral anti-monopoly bill will be intro- 
duced which will do for similar giant 
industries what I would propose for 
the film industry," Boren said. "In 
such a case my bill would not be 

If no such general measure is in- 
troduced, Boren added, he stood 
ready to advance his measure which 
he described as a "short, simple and 
direct bill providing a penalty for 
any one to own stock in a company 
operating in more than one of the 
three fields of the industry." 

Boren admitted, however, that con- 
ferences with his committee col- 
leagues revealed some favored per- 
mitting production and distribution 
alliances but were convinced exhibi- 
tion should be kept separate. 

O'Mahoney Bill Provides 
for Mapping Code of Ethics 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Senator O'Mahoney, 
Wyoming Democrat, revealed here 
yesterday that, should Congress 
pass his bill relating to the 
licensing of interstate corporations, 
a provision of it calls for leading 
industries, including film interests, 
to confer in order to map out a 
code of ethics "for guidance of Con- 
gress in anti-monopoly legislation." 

Best wishes from The Film 
the following on their 
Edward Sutherland 
Jack Ackroyd 
Flora Schikler 
George Magrue 
Alfred C. Coldreyer 

Daily to 


with PHIL M. DALY 

T T ▼ 

• • • IT RENEWS your faith in the Motion Picture makes 

you proud to be a part of the industry just to view Walt Dis- 
ney's marvellously beautiful fantasy, "Snow White and the Seven 

Dwarfs" for here is fantasy so artfully created that it simulates 

the height of realism in the emotional reactions it creates 

▼ TV 

• • • IT EASILY may go down in history as the greatest 

fairy tale ever told a picture that will not only color the 

life of every child who sees it, but will exercise a profound 

impression on every grown-up for here is beauty of color, 

movement and music woven into a picture fabric that runs the 
gamut of all the human emotions in a simple story that reaches 
down into something that is elemental in all of us 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • THE AMAZING thing about the picture is that it never oc- 
curs to you that you are looking at a cartoon creation as the 

minutes slip by and you grow fascinated and absorbed in the adven- 
tures of Snow White, the character of the little girl takes on a realistic 
quality and you find yourself ' viewing her as you would some human 

character like Shirley Temple who is a living, breathing entity 

this applies also to the Seven Dwarfs each a very individualized 

character sharply etched and standing out from one another 

throughout the one hour and a half there is not a single false note 

struck here is one of the most completely satisfying, absorbing, 

entertaining productions that the screen has ever known it stamps 

Walt Disney as a genius for whom the entire industry should 

rise up and give thanks there is no creative mind that has done 

more for the motion picture 

▼ T ▼ 

• • • MORE BLURBS for that Ten Best Poll pouring 

in from all quarters Alvin Zurcher, film crit of the News- 
Advertiser of Chilicothe, Ohio, is all excited over the fact that 
for four years he has been picking an average of 9 out of 10 

of the Ten Best, which is some picking Sterling Sorenson, 

of the Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin, says this is his third 
annual poll and the largest, with 1800 readers making selections, 
the local theater managers kicking in with 500 free ducats as 
awards, voting heavy among the university students, and the 
local winner to talk over the radio in a big celebration as soon 

as The Film. Dally official poll is announced on Thursday 

Merle Potter, film editor of the Minneapolis Journal, says this 
was the seventh annual poll conducted in co-operation with The 
Film Daily, with 10,000 contestants entered THIS YEAR! 

▼ T T 

• • • A BOMB thrown in the reception room of the Waldorf- 
Astoria for the Darryl Zanuck party given by Sidney Kent would have 
ruined the film industry for there were so many important mo- 
tion picture people assembled there to do honor to the producer of 

"In Old Chicago" including Bamey Balaban, Joe Schenck, loe 

Moskowitz, Jack Cohn, the Skouras Brothers, George. Spyros and 
Charles; R. H. Cochrane. Harry Goetz, Hal Home, Truman Talley, 
Charles McCarthy, Jack Alicoate. Billy Wilkerson, Martin Quigley, 
Maurice Kann, Larry Reed, Walter Winchell, Chester B. Bahn, W. C. 
Michel, Adele Rogers St. John, Alice Faye, Ethel Merman, lean Hers- 

holt, Louis Sobol, Whitney Bolton, Morris Kinzler, Gregory Ratof f 

and of course the host and honored guest, Sidney Kent and Darryl 

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(Continued from Page 1) 

a train for the Coast, arriving in 
time for a series of conferences dur- 
ing the week-end. 

Whitney yesterday expressed re- 
newed confidence that there y| W 
be an early closing of theV^l- 
Metro deal. He said he expected 
to participate in discussions begin- 
ning next Monday. 

Officially, his journey westward 
was described as connected with the 
opening of production on Feb. 1 of 
"Gone With the Wind." 

It was also announced yesterday 
that SI is discontinuing its play and 
talent scouting departments in the 
East, effective immediately. Move 
terminates association with SI of 
Miriam Meredith, play scout; Doris 
Ruthenberg, play reader; and Anton 
"Tony" Bundsmann, talent scout. 
Latter, it is reported, is joining the 
staff of Jed Harris. 

Date for Exhib Leaders' 

Conference Will Be Set 

(Continued from Page 1) 

practice program, Brandt said yes- 
terday. The three exhib organiza- 
tion presidents are scheduled to get 
together some time this month in 
New York. Brandt yesterday re- 
portedly contacted the Allied and 
MPTOA prexies, seeking a suitable 
date for the confab. 

Irving Trust Reported 

As Backing O'Connor 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ing Trust Co., receiver, is urging ap- 
pointment of John J. O'Connor, chief 
buyer and booker for the circuit. 
O'Connor has support of Nate J. 
Blumberg, who headed RKO theater 
companies before becoming Univer- 
sal prexy, latter has declared. 

ITOA Plans for Mammoth 
Giveaway Are Taking Shape 

Plans for the promotion of a mam- 
moth giveaway, or a series of such 
giveaways among theaters belonging 
to the ITOA, are progressing rap- 
idly, Harry Brandt, president of 
ITOA, said yesterday. Brandt would 
not comment on the amount of cash 
that would be involved in the prizes, 
but it is understood that the figure 
will exceed all others offered in New 
York City theaters, if not in the en- 
tire country. 


Mrs. Desmond Humphreys 
Bath, Eng. (By Cable)— Mrs. Des- 
mond Humphrey, 73, British play- 
wright and novelist who wrote as 
Rita, is dead here. 


Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1938 


*37 HISTCRy 

A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 

_., (Continued from Page 1) 

ge_ sales manager, his contract be- 
ing settled. Universal named William A. 
Scully, M-G-M's eastern district manager, 
as his successor. At the year-end, the 
capable Mr. Grainger has made no an- 
nouncement re his future plans. 

• • SAM E. MORRIS • • 

Unsettled in- 
t e r n a t i onal! 
c o n d i t i ons 
dampened not 
in the least the 
ardor or enthu- 
siasm of War- 
ner Bros, vice- 
president i n 
charge of for- 
eign distribu- 
tion. Summer 
and the early 
Autumn found 
him in Europe. 
On the Continent he visited several 
countries, scanning situations there, and 
later he spent four solid weeks in London 
settling details in connection with the 
erection there of the new Warner Thea- 
ter. Also held confabs on production 
plans for the Teddington Studios with 
Jack L. Warner, and with Irving Asher 
production head at Teddington. Prior to 
his argosy abroad, his company was 
about to hold its big sales pow-wow in 
the East. However, an emergency called 
him to the other end of the country, for 
on the Coast his son Edwin H. ("Buddy") 
Morris was seriously ill. but fully and 
swiftly recovered. Heading back to New 
York, Mr. Morris, with his usual flare for 
action, rapidly set plans for the selling 
of the new season's product through 
WB's 120 foreign branches. 


Being a chronic 
outdoors man, 
this young 
gentleman did 
some trail 
blazing in the 
biz during the 
year. Advo- 
cated and in- 
stituted prac- 
tice of inject- 
ing his songs 
i n Westerns. 
Witness "Roll- 
in' Plains," etc. 

Grabbed best writers to accomplish this. 
Re-signed Tex Ritter to new long-term 
contract, starring him in 8 new prairie 
pix for 1937-38. Out-Rittered the redoubt- 
able Tex by being in saddle of two com- 
mercial steeds at one and the same 
time, — his own producing company which 
he headed and Grand National's adver- 
tising-publicity-exploitation department as 
well. Still had time left to swim up and 
down New York A. C. pool in record 


SET FOR APR. 25-28 

(Continued from Page 1) 

committees in charge of the event 
were announced as follows: 

Officers and Committees in Charge 
— W. C. Kunzmann, convention 
vice-president; J. I. Crabtree, edi- 
torial vice-president; G. E. Mat- 
thews, chairman, papers committee; 
W. Whitmore, chairman, publicity 
committee; E. R. Geib, chairman, 
membership committee. 

Local Arrangements and Recep- 
tion — N. D. Golden, chairman; D. 
Bennett, J. G. Bradley, H. T. Cowl- 
ing, A. A. DeTitta, R. Evans, N. 
Glasser, C. L. Gregory, N. C. Hae- 
fele, A. Muto, R. F. Nicholson, W. 
K. Pettus, J. A. Pratt, R. T. Schlos- 
berg, C. S. Stodter. 

Registration and Information — W. 
C. Kunzmann, chairman; E. R. Geib, 
S. Harris, F. Hohmeister. 

Ladies' Reception — Mrs. R. Evans, 
hostess; assisted by Mr. J. G. Brad- 
ley, Mrs. H. T. Cowling, Mrs. A. A. 
DeTitta, Mrs. N. Glasser, Mrs. N. D. 
Golden, Mrs. S. B. Riddick, Mrs. N. 
C. Haefele, Mrs. A. Muto, Mrs. J. A. 

Banquet — R. Evans, chairman; J. 
G. Bradley, H. T. Cowling, A. A. 
DeTitta, N. Glasser, N. D. Golden, 
N. C. Haefele, W. C. Kunzmann, A. 

Publicity — W. Whitmore, chair- 
man; J. R. Cameron, A. A. DeTitta, 
J. J. Finn, S. Harris, F. Hearon, G. 
E. Matthews, P. A. McGuire, A. Mu- 
to. F. H. Richardson. 

Convention Projection — H. Grif- 
fin, chairman; N. C. Haefele, W. 
Holtz, W. K. Pettus, J. A. Pratt, F. 
J. Storty. 

Officers and Members of Washing- 
ton Projectionist Local 224. 

Membership — E. R. Geib, chair- 
man; J. G. Bradley, R. Evans, S. 
Harris, J. A. Pratt. 

Hotel and Transportation — J. G. 
Bradley, chairman; D. Bennett, F. 
Hearon, C. A. Lindstrom, R. F. Nich- 
olson, R. T. Schlosberg, C. S. Stodter. 

The papers committee is in the 
process of assembling an interesting 
program of technical papers. 

Informal luncheon will be held at 
noon of the opening day of the con- 
vention in the hotel's Continenta 1 
Room, which also will be the scene 
of the semi-annual banquet on April 

"Chi" Opening on WHN 

N. Y. Astor opening of "In Old 
Chicago", new 20th-Fox spectacle, 
will be broadcast over station WHN, 
it was announced yesterday. Open- 
ing tomorrow night, will be on the 
air from 8:45 until 9 P.M., with Ray 
Saunders, station announcer, han- 
dling the mike. 

3 "U" Ad Sales Promotions 

Three promotions at Universal 
yesterday resulted in addition of 
James Windsor to advertising ac- 
cessory sales dept., Harry Finnis to 
export dept. and Kenneth Brown to 
purchasing dept. 

Burglar's Choice 

Omaha — RKO exchange offices here 
were entered by burglars who took the 
new drapes from the offices of A. M. 
Avery, branch manager. 


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drew Christianson, head of the re- 
ceivership department of Irving 
Trust Co., receiver for RKO. Under 
the proposed setup, it is reported, 
Pandro S. Berman would continue 
at the studio. 

Those who attended today's con- 
fab were: Christianson, 0. C. Doer- 
ing, of counsel for receiver, Leo 
Spitz, RKO president, Floyd Odium, 
head of Atlas Corp., and Ed Weisl, 
Odium's attorney. 

Ned E. Depinet was in New Or- 
leans last night and could not be 
reached in time for comment. 


New Plays Bureau Warns 

on Playwright Boycott 

Friction between the Bureau of 
New Plays and the Dramatists' Guild 
was intensified yesterday when the 
Bureau issued a show-down challenge 
to the Guild. The Bureau advised 
the Guild to either cease its threats 
of boycotting young playwrights 
who have entered the Bureau's com- 
petitions or be prepared to give stu- 
dents the same benefits of an added 
year of educational work, made pos- 
sible by the Bureau's motion picture 
financed fellowships and scholar- 

The challenge was in the form of a 
letter from Theresa Helburn to Rob- 
ert Sherwood, president of the Guild. 
It was the result of correspondence 
between the Bureau and the Guild 
in which the former attempted to ob- 
tain a clear statement of future ac- 
tion reportedly contemplated by the 
Guild against contestants as men- 
tioned in the daily press. 

The Bureau's second competition 
has just closed, it was announced 
vesterday, with approximately 200 
manuscripts of promise submitted. 
Option has been renewed on "Fool's 
Hill," a play by Robert Wetzel, a 
$500 award winner, who has finished 
the revisions of the manuscript. 

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studio chief, who arrived with 
Schenck. Others in the party of visi- 
tors aboard the Century were Mrs. 
Zanuck, Alice Faye, Col. Jason Joy 
and Sid Grauman. 

Budgets will not be cut by 20th 
Century-Fox for the current season's 
product, despite the so-called busi- 
ness recession, Zanuck emphasized. 
"We do not plan to trim our costs 
one penny," he declared. 

Commenting further on general 
business conditions, Zanuck said that 
the film business has been least af- 
fected by the recession. The studio 
head commented that the falling off 
of business "hasn't acted like a de- 
pression, at least not the same kind 
as was experienced in 1929." 

Zanuck is here primarily for the 
premiere of "In Old Chicago" which 
opens a road show engagement at 
the Astor Theater tomorrow. Zanuck 
disclosed that 20th-Fox is preparing 
three other pictures of equal im- 
portance and in the same cost brack- 
et as "In Old Chicago." They are 
"Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Stan- 
ley and Livingstone" and "The Life 
of Alexander Graham Bell". 

Zanuck declared Sol Wurtzel 
would produce 24 pictures and that 
the studio would make approximate- 
ly 27 "A" features. 

Zanuck said that his associate pro- 
ducer staff eventually would be in- 
creased by David Hempstead, whom 
he is grooming for the post. Zan- 
uck said he now had two executive 
assistants — William Goetz and Harry 
Joe Brown. 

Para. Sales Executives 
Entrain for N. O. 


GB Adds 5 Salesmen 

Bringing the total increase within 
the past few months to 25 per cent, 
five new additions to GB's sales staff 
were made, effective the first of the 
vear, according to Arthur A. Lee. 
The new men are Wade J. Whitman, 
Cleveland; J. H. Gruben, Dallas; 
Leonard Soskin, Detroit, Andrew 
Deitz, St. Louis; and Harry Char- 
nas, Chicago. 

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Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans on 
Jan. 7-8. Session is timed to co- 
incide with the world premiere of 
the Cecil B. DeMille production "The 
Buccaneer", at the Saenger Theater, 
New Orleans, Friday. 

The New York delegation, consist- 
ing of Neil F. Agnew, J. J. Unger, 
C. M. Reagan, G. B. J. Frawley, Alec 
Moss, Don Velde and representatives 
of the trade press will reach New 
Orleans tomorrow night. The re- 
turn trip will start Saturday night. 
Robert M. Gillham, director of ad- 
vertising and publicity, is already 
there, as is Bill Pine, DeMille's as- 
sociate producer. 

DeMille himself is en route with 
Hugh Sothern, Gladys Rosson, and 
William Hebert, and will be joined 
in N. O. by Akim Tamiroff and Mar- 
got Grahame. 

Miriam Howell Starts 

Miriam Howell, formerly of the 
Leland Hayward office, has assumed 
her new post as Eastern Story Edi- 
tor for Samuel Goldwyn, Inc. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Eugene Zukor left 
yesterday for New Orleans to at- 
tend "The Buccaneer" premiere and 
to represent Paramount at the reg- 
ional sales convention which he will 

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Expect Indianapolis to Get Next Allied Convention 

N. J. Group Said Willing to 

Trade for 1939 A. C. 


Indianapolis looms as the prob- 
able choice for the next Allied con- 
vention city, it was learned yester- 
day. Although Allied of New Jer- 
sey is seeking to have the conclave 
brought to Atlantic City, it is 
understood that the Jersey unit is 
willing to bow out in favor of In- 
dianapolis, providing the 1939 con- 
vention will be held in the state. 

New Jersey Allied believes that 

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One vital roll of film shot by Nor- 
man Alley, Universal Newsreel cam- 
eraman, during the bombing of the 
U.S.S. Panay will never reach U. S. 
screens, The Film Daily learned 
exclusively last night, while un- 
founded charges of censorship were 

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200 Attend Testimonial 

Dinner for Darryl Zanuck 

Testimonial dinner for Darryl F. 
Zanuck, 20th-Fox production head, 
at the Union Club last night, which 
was sponsored by Winthrop W. Al- 

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Triple Player 

Statistical check-up in connection 
with THE FILM DAILY poll for 1937 
reveals that Robert Warwick, veteran 
stage and screen actor, appeared in 
three of the Ten Best Pictures, — "The 
Life of Emile Zola," "Romeo and 
Juliet" and "The Awful Truth." Still 
more unique is the fact that each of 
these three features was made by a 
different company, Warners, M-G-M 
and Columbia, respectively. 

• • • THE "TEN BEST" • • • 




The Life of Emile Zola Warner Bros 453 

The Good Earth M-G-M 424 

Captains Courageous M-G-M 380 

Lost Horizon Columbia 325 

A Star is Born UA (Selznick) 287 

Romeo and Juliet M-G-M .......... .251 

Stage Door RKO Radio 235 

Dead End UA (Goldwyn) 197 

Winterset RKO Radio 165 

The Awful Truth Columbia . . ... 160 

$19,700,000 Admission Tax Receipts 
For 1937 is Increase of $2,600,000 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Coincident with the 
President's budget message to Con- 
gress, Secretary of Treasury Morgen- 
thau yesterday released his annual 
report for the fiscal year ended June 
30, 1937 revealing an increase of 

$2,600,000 in admission tax receipts 
for that period. 

Admission tax revenue for the fis- 
cal year 1936, according to the treas- 
ury secretary's report, totaled $17,- 
100,000. While for the fiscal year 
ended June 30 last admissions tax 
receipts increased to $19,700,000. 

The "TEN BEST" of 1937 

Cinema, Stage and Some Other Matters 


531 Cast Ballots for All- 
Time High in An- 
nual Poll 



"The Life of Emile Zola," 
Warner-produced, is the No. 1 
picture of 1937 in the opinion 
of leading cinema critics and 
reviewers of the United States. 

With critical interest again mov- 
ing ahead to a new high, the Paul 
Muni starring picture, polling a 
grand total of 453 votes, emerged 
as the outstanding production of the 
year in the 16th annual "Ten Best 
Pictures" symposium conducted by 
The Film Daily. 

The other nine "Best," as de- 
termined by the critical canvass, 
were named in this order: 

"The Good Earth," "Captains 
Courageous," "Lost Horizon," "A 
Star Is Born," "Romeo and Juliet," 

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"Reader interest", prized objec- 
tive of newspapers, large and small, 
soared to new heights in the local 
"Ten Best Pictures" polls conducted 
in approximately 40 cities through- 
out the United States in close asso- 
ciation with the national Film Daily 

Telegrams and letters received 

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NDENIABLY, the most striking statistical feature of the 16th annual FILM DAILY 
Ten Best Pictures poll, results of which appear in today's issue, is that bearing 
upon the genesis of the winning productions. 

Seven of the ten features chosen by the critics of America were adapted from 
stage plays, an eighth, "Captains Courageous" from a novel, while the remaining 
two, "The Life of Emile Zola" and "A Star is Born," were conceived specifically for 
the screen. 

There will be a tendency in some quarters— if past experience counts for any- 
thing—to interpret this as a manifestation of the shortcomings u\ tjje cijiega psgn 

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Muni Runs One-Two 

One of the many unique highlights 
of THE FILM DAILY'S Ten Best Pictures 
of 1937 poll was furnished by Paul 
Muni who starred in "The Life of 
Emile Zola" and "The Good Earth," 
the -No. 1 and No. 2 films from the 
standpoint of votes accorded by the 
nation's critics. This is the first time 
in the 16-year history of the poll that's 

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will arrive here from the Coast next week. 
JOHN HAY WHITNEY, SI board chairman, 

leaves for the Coast at noon today on a TWA 
plane, as far as Chicago, where he boards 
the new "streamliner." 

FRANCHOT TONE is in Beacon visiting his 

L. F. ALTSTOCK, SI comptroller, left for 
the Coast last night by train. 

EDWARD F. LOMBA, 20th-Fox European ex- 
ecutive, arrives here today on the Washington. 

SIG WITTMAN, Universal eastern manager, 
returns this week from a tour of the mid- 
western exchanges. 

HOWARD DIETZ, M-C-M advertising and 
publicity director, who is on the Coast for 
studio conferences, expects to return in about 
three weeks. 

JEAN PICKER, Loew's buyer in the Metro- 
politan area, leaves today for a vacation trip. 

MAX COHEN, Big "U" sales manager, and 
SONNY LIGGETT, Big "U" sales representative, 
go to Poughkeepsie today for opening of 
Juliet Theater. 

FERNAND CRAVET, Warner star, leaves the 
Coast next week for New York, and he will 
sail for France on the Normandie, Jan. 15. 

ELLA LOGAN, Hollywood actress, left New 
York yesterday for Boston where she will make 
a series of p.a's, and then go to Chicago. 

SYLVIA SYDNEY arrived in Hollywood yes- 
terday after an extended stay in New York. 

JOHN MANHEIMER, of ITOA, and his wife, 
are outward bound for a Bermuda vaca- 
tion last night. 

MISS MARY MORRISEY, executive secretary 
to John Hay Whitney at SI, leaves for the 
Coast today on the Century. 

WALTER SELDEN, M-C-M student booker, 
has returned to the home office in New York 
after a stay in Detroit. 

GRACE MOORE entrains for New York on 
Jan. 10. 

DEANNA DURBIN plans to come to New 
York early next month. 

English actors, and the DUC DE LEVIS MIRE- 
POIX, French author, arrive here today on 
the Washington. 

GEORGE PRATT, ERPI West Coast division 
manager, arrives here this week-end for home 
office conferences. 

DOROTHY LAMOUR is in Chicago on a vaca- 
tion trip. 

BEBE DANIELS and BEN LYON are in South 
Africa on a tour. 

BEATRICE LILLIE is staying at the Cotham. 

RICHARD BARTHELMESS and his wife are 
staying in New York until they leave for the 

JUNE CLYDE and her husband, THORNTON 
FREELAND, are staying at the Essex House. 

MONTE PROSER has returned to New York 
after a short stay on the Coast. 

MANUEL REACHI has returned to the Para- 
mount studios after a Mexican trip on studio 

SALLY FISHER, New Jersey Allied's secre- 
tary, left yesterday for a Bermuda vacation. 

WHITFORD DRAKE, ERPI prexy, returns this 
week from a Florida vacation. 

Fargo" and Waring Set 
N. Y. Para. House Record 

In the first week of their Para- 
mount Theater engagement "Wells 
Fargo" and Fred Waring and his 
Pennsylvanians, set a new all time 
attendance record by playing a total 
of 159,000 persons, theater manage- 
ment said yesterday. This tops by 
17,000 the previous record set by 
"Double or Nothing." The combina- 
tion also drew a greater gross by 
$9,000 than any attractions since the 
Paramount inaugurated its policy of 
screen and in person band shows 
two years ago. 

"Welis Fargo" broke a five-year 
record in dollar returns and broke 
all existing attendance records in its 
New Year's week opening in more 
than a score of key cities, Para- 
mount's home office announced yes- 
terday. Reports of the picture's 
business in 25 widely separated key 
spot engagements conclusively in- 
dicated that "Wells Fargo" is run- 
ning far ahead of the normal busi- 
ness, it was said. Range is from 
22 per cent to 80 per cent. 

Production Post Report 

Scouted by Ned Depinet 

New Orleans — Queried on Coast 
report that he might be named pro- 
duction chief of RKO Radio, Ned E. 
Depinet, now company vice-presi- 
dent in charge of distribution, said 
yesterday: "I know absolutely noth- 
ing about it and I don't think there's 
anything to it." 

To Discuss Contracts For 
Sound, Studio Technicians 

Executives of all newsreels and 
officials of Local 52, studio and sound 
technicians union, IATSE affiliate, 
are today to meet with Pat Casey, 
major producers' labor contact, at 
latter's office, 1600 Broadway, to dis- 
cuss contract terms. 

It is expected the confab will re- 
sult in 10 p.c. tilt for sound field 
men, bringing minimum to $82.50 a 
week. New agreement between 
Local 52 and all Eastern producers 
covering studio help and calling for 
ten p.c. increase and five-day, 40- 
hour week went into effect Monday, 
Jan. 3. 

RKO Delays Designating 

Successor to Blumberg 

A successor to Nate J. Blumberg 
as head of RKO Theaters will not 
be named for at least 30 days, it 
was learned yesterday. Meanwhile, 
John J. O'Connor, who has been 
mentioned for official appointment, 
will carry on in Blumberg's place on 
a temporary basis. 

Korda Staying On 

Alexander Korda's plans for re- 
turning to England remain indefi- 
nite, he said yesterday. It is likely, 
however, that he will sail next Wed- 
nesday on the Aquitania. 

It is expected that Maurice Sil- 
verstone, U. A. manager in Eng- 
land, and Mrs. Silverstone will ac- 
company Korda back to London. 

Date For Trade Practices 
Conference Expected Today 

A date is expected to be announced 
today for the trade practice confer- 
ence among the presidents of the 
MPTOA, Allied and ITOA. Ed Kuy- 
kendall, MPTOA president, yester- 
day informed Harry Brandt that he 
could attend the confab in New York 
anytime after Jan. 17. A date which 
would be suitable to Nathan A.-} ins, 
Allied president, is now* %ing 
sought and an answer from him is 
expected today. 

Whitney Planes Westward 

John Hay Whitney, Selznick In- 
ternational board chairman, can- 
celled his departure yesterday for 
the Coast, but he will leave today 
on a TWA plane for Chicago which 
will get him there in time to catch 
the crack California streamliner. L. 
F. Altstock, SI comptroller, left for 
Chicago last night and Whitney will 
join him there. They reach Holly- 
wood late Saturday. 

Fromkess Joins Monogram 

Leon Fromkess has been named to 
the executive staff of Monogram, ef- 
fective immediately, according to an 
official announcement yesterday. It 
is understood Fromkess is to func- 
tion as treasurer, although no offi- 
cial comment was forthcoming. 


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Atlantic City is the logical spot for 
next year's session inasmuch as it 
is comparatively close to the 
WorJ."? Fair. The issue will be de- 
cide l.t the Allied directors meet- 
ing i!f Washington, D. C, Jan. 18-19. 
It is expected that the directors 
also will decide on some course of 
action to combat radio competition. 
A definite plan is being considered, 
details of which have not been di- 

FitzPatrick's Major 

Deals Hinge on Quota 

James A. FitzPatrick has deals 
pending with both Paramount and 
M-G-M for the production of pic- 
tures in England after May 1, Fitz- 
Patrick said yesterday. Closing of 
either of the deals depends on the 
outcome of the British quota act, 
FitzPatrick asserted, pointing out 
that no major company is making 
definite commitments for foreign 
production until the bill is clarified, 
inasmuch as there is no basis on 
i which to draw an agreement. 

FitzPatrick declared that his new 
British picture plans called for 
larger budgets, costs to be tripled 
over his last year's lineup for M-G- 
M. He also stated that he would aim 
at a world market. 

Travel Talks will continue to be 
released on the M-G-M short sub- 
ject program, FitzPatrick said. He 
leaves Saturday, with a Technicolor 
crew of four men, to continue his 
Travel Talk production in Egypt, 
France, Algiers, India and Austra- 
lia. He plans to be in England by 
May 1 to begin his feature schedule 
for one of the two mentioned com- 

20rh-Fox Board Meets 

Board of directors of 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox met yesterday with Jo- 
seph M. Schenck presiding. No an- 
' nouncement was made of what 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 

the following on their birthday: 


Loretta Young 

Fred Niblo 

Tom Mix 

Ruth Hiatt 

Ludwig Berger 

Stanley Smith 

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with PHIL M. DALY 

• • • ON BOARD the Paramount special de luxe train "The 

Buccaneer" en route to New Orleans and the world premiere oi 

the Cecil B. DeMille production which strangely enough is titled 

"The Buccaneer" opening at the Saenger theater tomorrow nite 

the gang oi trade press editors is all here traveling in 

state with special compartments equipped with telephones, radio, 

wireless, dictaphones and typewriters, to relay the Hot News as fast 

as it happens instructions from Trip Manager G. B. Frawley tell 

us trade press mugs to sign our names on all meal checks aboard the 

train so they may be paid by him at the end of the journey 

superfluous advice we will sign our name to EVERYTHING 

they tell us Paramount has had a very good year 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • THE GALA opening of the picture is on the eve of 
the Battle of New Orleans, which forms an important part of 

the story we are all seated speculating with dripping 

tongues on those famous epicurean dishes for which New Orleans 

is justly noted Terry Ramsay e has just painted a marvellous 

gastronomic word picture of the delights of the southern city 

and Mike Vogel is sitting opposite us with his tongue 

hanging out "Red" Kann says nothing, but his eyes are 

all a-sparkle 

T T ▼ 

• • © IT IS difficult to dictate this kolyum to the beautfiul hostess- 
stenographer provided by Paramount for we are forever gazing 

at the scenery and the stenographer we have whizzed thru 

Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington now headed for Charlottes- 
ville (excuse a minute while we listen to a pip story that Alec 

Moss is telling. Wish we could tell it to you. But Alec doesn't tell those 
kind of stories that we can tell to you.) 

• • • THIS WORLD premiere will have all the Hollywood 

trimmings the opening of the production in New Orleans 

carries a double significance "The Buccaneer" is the ro- 
mantic tale of Jean Lafitte, the pirate, who did so much to help 

against the British in the War of 1812 the picture also marks 

the twenty-fifth anniversary of Cecil B. DeMille, one of the real 

pioneers in the motion picture this latest DeMille special 

has been in work more than a year, employed more than 6,000 

people it has more big scenes than any previous DeMille 

picture the film introduces such historical characters as An- 
drew Jackson, Governor Claiborne of Louisiana, Admiral Cock- 
burn and General Ross all-important figures during that 

historical period Fredric March plays the lead George 

Antheil has written a fine musical score 

• © © IT IS amazing how long it takes to dictate a kolyum when 
you're looking out the window at the panoramic scenery shooting by 

(it's almost midnite, and very dark outside but that hostess- 

steno sure is beautiful, and we've had a tuff time keeping those other trade 
press mugs from boring in) well, well, we've shot thru Charlottes- 
ville and Lynchburg we're pulling into Danville so 

we'll sign off now, and shoot you the Inside Story of "The Buccaneer" 
after the premiere at the Saenger theater tomorrow nite 

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Minneapolis — Branch managers of 
major exchanges are scheduled to 
give testimony today before Louis 
Schwartz, attorney who is taking 
depositions in the North Dakota 
theater divorce suit brought by Par- 
amount to enjoin North Dakota of- 
ficials from enforcing law which 
would require distributors to divest 
themselves of theater holdings. 
Scheduled to appear today are Frank 
Manske, Universal; Robert Work- 
man, M-G-M; Nicky Goldhammer, 
RKO; Ralph Cramblett, United Ar- 
tists, and John Friedl, head of Min- 
nesota Amusement Co. 

Ben Blotcke, Paramount district 
manager, has been the only witness 
so far. During 2% hours of ques- 
tioning, Blotcke testified that in 
North Dakota the Minnesota Amuse- 
ment Co. and the American Amuse- 
ment Co. operated ten theaters which 
were first or second run. He said 
that they were given preference be- 
cause it was Paramount's policy to 
give preference to "old reliable" cus- 

Blotcke stated that Minneapolis 
first runs were given a 30-day clear- 
ance, second runs, 19 days and third 
runs, 7 days. All Minnesota Amuse- 
ment Co. houses but one, he said, 
have precedence. 

Trans-Lux Negotiating 

for Boston House Site 

Trans-Lux Corp. is negotiating a 
deal to establish a newsreel house 
in Boston, it was learned yesterday. 
It is understood that a site has been 
selected in the Hub and that an of- 
ficial announcement will be made 

Meanwhile, Trans-Lux plans to 
open its latest New York addition to 
the circuit at 52nd Street and Madi- 
son Avenue on Jan. 21. Another will 
be opened in Cleveland about Feb. 
1. Trans-Lux now operates four 
houses in New York, one in Wash- 
ington and one in Philadelphia. 


Mrs. Mae McSweeney 

Detroit — Mrs. Mae McSweeney, 
57, wife of the chief engineer of the 
Film Exchange Building, who died 
suddenly from pulmonary embolism, 
was buried at her home town of 
Wacusta. Survivors, beside her 
husband, include a son, Harold, for- 
merly with Favorite Film Exchange 

Edward M. Kimball 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Hollywood — Edward M. Kimball, 
78, father of Clara Kimball Young 
and veteran actor, died in the Hol- 
lywood Hospital after a stroke suf- 
fered New Year's Day. 

1938 is a Lion! 


Nelson Eddy and Eleanor Powell 


Biggest opening at the Capitol, N. Y. since the inaugu- 
ration of the straight picture policy three years ago! 
And all over the nation merry crowds are chanting 
"Rosalie I Love You." What a delightful way to start 
a brand new year! 


Myrna Loy, Rosalind Russell, Franchot Tone 


Just after she's elected No. 1 Feminine Star of the 
Screen, Myrna Loy proves they not only vote for her 
in the nationwide poll but they say it with cash at 
the box-office. From Coast to Coast they're hailing 
Myrna in "Man-Proof." 

Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy 



The best Joan Crawford picture in five years is the 
unanimous opinion of reviewers and the wise boys of 
Film Row. Joan's drama of a shopgirl's millions is 
down-to-earth in the "Possessed" manner. And another 
triumph for Tracy! "Mannequin" is Money/ 



Watch the 
trade papers 
for morel 



Thursday, Jan. 6, 1938 

:< :< REVIEWS Of THE flEW FILMS :< iV 

"The House of 

with Jack Holt and Beverly Roberts 

Columbia 65 Mins. 



As a light breezy mystery which plays 
up the comedy angles, this should make 
pleasing program fare. The plot lines are 
not so different from the usual murder 
formulas, but the comedy handling makes 
it entertaining. Lew Collins' direction 
made the most of the material which was 
contributed by Howard J. Green on the 
original story and also on the screenplay 
with Jefferson Parker. Jack Holt and 
Craig Reynolds carry the important as- 
signments, the former as a police captain 
and the latter as his reporter pal. Mar- 
jorie Gateson is amusing as a gabby gal 
who wants something to happen in the lit- 
tle suburb in which she lives with her 
eccentric relatives, Dorothy Appleby, Gil- 
bert Emery, Corbet Morris, Sheila Brom- 
ley, and John Wray. Beverly Roberts takes 
care of a romantic role in nice style. 
Larry Darmour has given his production 
good values in all departments. Because 
of political reasons, Jack Holt is sent out 
to a quiet suburb where he is promoted 
to police captain. His friend Craig Rey- 
nolds follows him there. To get things 
moving, Craig stages a robbery and takes 
Beverly Roberts' necklace. In returning 
it, the piece is stolen from him, and it 
develops that the center stones contain 
important documents which give the loca- 
tion of a fortune. Miss Roberts' uncle 
had left her his fortune and cut off all 
of her relatives without a penny. These 
relatives are looked upon with suspicion 
since every one of them would want the 
necklace. In rapid succession rwo per- 
sons in the case are found dead. After 
much investigating, John Wray, an uncle 
of Miss Roberts, is found to be the murder- 

CAST: Jack Holt, Beverly Roberts, Craig 
Reynolds, Marjorie Gateson, Dorothy Ap- 
pelby, Gilbert Emery, Tom Kennedy, Cor- 
bet Morris, Sheila Bromley, John Wray, 
Maurice Cass, Tully Marshall. 

CREDITS: Producer, Larry Darmour; Di- 
rector, Lewis D. Collins; Author, Howard 
J. Green; Screenplay, Jefferson Parker, 
Howard J. Green; Photography, James S. 
Brown, Jr.; Recording Engineer, Tom Lam- 
bert; Film Editor, Dwight Caldwell. 

PHY, Good. 

Sales Tax Legislation 

Looming In Mississippi 

Jackson, Miss. — With Mississippi's 
legislature under way, film folks are 
expected to be represented shortly 
by two pieces of legislation. The 
first will be the reintroduction of a 
bill to put theaters in the sales tax 
status for their admission, instead 
of having a special theater admis- 
sion which far exceeds that of the 
state's sales tax. Sponsors of the 
second projected meaure are not re- 
vealing its content. 

"Sudden Bill Dorn" 

with Buck Jones, Noel Francis, Evelyn Brent 
Universal 60 Mins. 


This is the last of the Buck Jones series 
for Universal, the Western star having 
moved over to the Columbia lot. The star 
has turned out a good thrill number for 
his fans, and the story has been given 
more attention than the average adventure 
of the range, with some well rounded 
characterizations and plenty of human 
touches and sentiment that lifts this above 
the average of its class. Buck finds him- 
self opposing a tough hombre who is 
scheming to control a ghost town where 
a gold strike has been reported. The 
gold is actually some distance from the 
town, located on the ranch of the girl 
whom Buck defends when the slick gent 
tries to take over the property with a 
fake mortgage. The hero does not dis- 
cover till near the end that there is a 
rich gold deposit on the land. Then he 
goes into action in earnest to thwart the 
schemes of the other to take over. Before 
the discovery, there is plenty of action 
with Buck's wagon freight depot dyna- 
mited, and all kinds of scurrilous work 
afoot. A fine bit of character work is 
done by Frank McGlynn as an old wagon 
driver helping Buck outwit the heavy and 
his gang. 

CAST: Buck Jones, Noel Francis, Evelyn 
Brent, Frank McGlynn, Harold Hodge, Ted 
Adams, William Lawrence, Lee Phelps. 

CREDITS: Director, Ray Taylor; Author, 
Jadsson Gregory; Screenplay, Frances Gin- 

PHY, Good. 

i-r FOREICn * 

Butterfield Adds Two 

Houses In Grand Rapids 

Detroit — Acquisition of the Weal- 
thy Theater, Grand Rapids, 578 seat 
house, from the veteran operator 
Oscar Varneau was announced Tues- 
day by Butterfield Theaters, Inc. 

Construction of a new 1200-seat 
theater on the south side of Grand 
Rapids, to be started immediately 
and completed in September, was al- 
so announced at the same time. This 
will be the seventh Butterfield house 
in Grand Rapids. 

With the Silver Theater at Green- 
ville, Mich., this makes three new 
houses for the Butterfield Circuit 
within a week, two acquired and one 
to be built. 

In addition, two houses are near- 
ing completion and will be ready for 
opening in January — the Vogue at 
Manistee, probably on Jan. 12, and 
a new theater at Monroe, Mich. 

"Der Etappenhase" 

(Behind the Front Lines) 
with Guenther Lueders, Leny Marenbach, 

Charlotte Daudert 
Casino Film Exchange 110 Mins. 


This one is a sure-fire draw for the 
German audiences, but lack of English 
titles will necessarily restrict the exhibitor 
value. Joe Stoeckel, an excellent comed- 
ian himself, has directed this new German 
picture, and has extracted a maximum of 
laughs from the story. It is an amusing 
story of a group of German soldiers bil- 
leted behind the lines in a captured French 
town. Guenther Lueders, a newcomer to 
the German screen comic field, is excel- 
lent, and Leny Marenbach and Charlotte 
Daudert, two attractive and able young 
actresses, contribute in no small part to 
the success of the film. Funniest sequence 
in the pix is when Lueders goes hunting 
for a rabbit with which to make some 
hasten-braten. Unfortunately, the Major 
shoots at the rabbit the same time Lueders 
does, and claims it. He also orders 
Lueders to cook it, which is more than he 
will stand for. He finds a cat the same 
size as the rabbit and the Major and his 
staff get hasten-braten a la cat without 
knowing it. Lueders is ordered to sam- 
ple his cat stew and is appalled at the 
prospect, but after forcing himself to eat 
some he apparently likes it. The picture is 
thoroughly enjoyable and amusing film for 
the fans. 

CAST: Guenther Lueders, Leny Maren- 
bach, Charlotte Daudert, Aribert Mog, 
Herman Ehrhardt, Erich Fiedler, Alfred 
Maack, Eduard von Winterstein. 

CREDITS: Produced by the Forum Film 
Co.; Director, Joe Stoeckel. Presented at 
the Casino Theater with all German dia- 
logue and no English titles. 


Loew's and Subsidiaries 

File Reports With SEC 

Jacques Drive Set 

Cincinnati — Stanley Jacques An- 
niversary Drive has been set for 
Jan. 17 to March 31, falling in line 
with the 20th Anniversary dinner to 
be tendered Jacques on the 10th here. 

Washington Bineau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Loew's Inc. and two 
of its subsidiaries, Loew's Boston 
Theaters Co. and Loew's Theater and 
Realty Corp., have filed annual re- 
ports with the SEC. The reports 
omitted financial statements because 
full information and data had not 
been assembled in time. The SEC 
agreed to accept such information 
as amendments before Feb. 28, 1938. 

Loew's Theater and Realty Corp. 
stated it had executed a blanket 
mortgage to Loew's, Inc. on Feb. 1, 
1937 in the amount of $5,000,000 to 
secure an indebtedness in that 
amount. The State Theater Co. was 
liquidated into Loew's Boston The- 
aters, it was stated. 

"Zwei Lustige 

(Two Gay Adventurers) 

with Hans Albers, Heinz Ruehmann, 

Hansi Knoteck 

UFA 11C i<Y ns - 


This new German picture will be thor- 
oughly enjoyed by the fans, as it has a 
nice blend of mystery and comedy, with 
enough suspense to hold audience interest. 
The story is different, and it has been 
very cleverly worked out with a surprise 
climax. The cast, headed by Hans Albers 
and Heinz Ruehmann, who portray Sher- 
lock Holmes and Dr. Watson k is more than 
capable, and Hansi Knoteck and Marie- 
luise Claudius are two attractive decora- 
tions for the film. The two detectives 
dress as Conan Doyle's famous characters, 
but at no time during the film assert that 
they are Holmes and Watson. The detec- 
tives stop a train, and after a series of 
adventures they capture a gang of counter- 
feiters and recover a priceless stamp col- 
lection. However, they are arrested as 
impersonators of the two famous charac- 
ters, and Conan Doyle attends the trial. 
Nothing can be proved against them ex- 
cept that they used similar costumes, so 
they are released to marry the two girls 
that assisted them in running down the 
criminals. The nicely balanced pace of the 
pix, which is put on the screen in a fluent 
fashion, is a tribute to the direction of 
Karl Hartl. 

CAST: Hans Albers, Heinz Ruehmann, 
Hansi Knoteck, Marieluise Claudius, Hilde 
Weissner, Siegfried Schurenberg, Paul Bildt, 
W. Schroeder-Schrom, Hans Junkermann, 
E. von Winterstein, Edwin Juergensen, 
Ernst Legal, Ernst Waldow. 

CREDITS: Produced by UFA; Director, 
Karl Hartl. Presented at the Garden The- 
ater with German dialogue and English 


(Additional Reviews on Page 28) 

Year-end Bonuses Given 

In West and Southwest 

Chicago — The GCS circuit award- 
ed a holiday bonus of $25 to more 
than 50 employes. 

Kingfisher, Okla. — Employes of 
the Thomas and Temple houses here 
were given an extra salary check as 
a holiday bonus from the company. 

Seminole, Okla. — Twenty-two em- 
ployes of the Rex, State and Rialto 
theaters received Christmas bonus 
of a week's pay. 

Albuquerque, N. M. — All em- 
ployes of Albuquerque Theaters, 
Inc., received a holiday bonus. Sums 
varied from a week's salary to more 
based on a percentage figure. 


Thursday, Jan. 6, 1938 


History Makers o£ 1 937 in the Film Industry 


France's For- 
eign Minister 
Delbos presen- 
ted him with 
i the Legion of 
Honor during 
20th Century- 
>.;Fox European 
sales conclave 
in Paris last 
S Spring, an hon- 
or which this 
S dynamic exec- 
^utive deserved. 
Award was all 
the more unusual since Walter J. Hutch- 
inson had held company post of foreign 
sales head for a little more than a year 
up to that time. Following his return to 
the U. S. he packed his bag and jour- 
neyed westward on a world Jaunt, the 
immediate objective of 'which was streng- 
thening the already strong 20th-Fox setup 
in Australia. Cut this argosy short to 
speed to the home office for huddles re 
the 1937-38 product. As the year waned, 
he was planning a visit to Central 
America on further business for the com- 
pany, and a look in, too, at South Amer- 
ica for same purpose. 


As Warners' 
director of ad- 
vertising and 
proved again 
to be a proph- 
et with honor 
in his own city 
and elsewhere. 
Took energetic 
part i n WB's 
annual sales 
meet. Was 
fountain of 
clear and prac- 
tical suggestions in connection with 
many executive pow-wows on public re- 
lations. Swung into his third year as 
vice-prexy of Vitagraph Corp., his 18th 
annum in the pix biz, and in late Octo- 
ber celebrated his own birthday and 
that of his younger daughter, which 
events are annually only a couple of 
days apart. Autumn and winter found 
him at the studio for a prolonged stay. 


Since virtually 
every UA pix 
is one of de 
luxe propor- 
tions, you can 
draw only one 
conclusion, to 
wit — that a 
truly exacting 
task rests on 
the happily 
broad shoul- 
ders of this 
young ad-pub- 
tion exec. Colonel Greenthal, in the me- 
ticulous military manner, planned and 
waged many a fop-notch campaign. 
Opening day of the UA sales conclave, 
at Father Knickerbocker's Waldorf-Astoria 

last June, found him delivering an ad- 
dress to the assemblage. Also did some 
speaking over the airlanes. 'Twas Golfer 
Greenthal who, on the occasion of the 
FILM DAILY'S Silver Jubilee Tourney last 
Spring, put on a devastating "drive" 
which lifted the runner-up trophy posted 
to determine who could hit that little 
old apple the farthest. Also contributed 
handsomely to the success of the George 
J. Schaefer Drive. 

• • BOB GILLHAM • • 

Completed his 
third, and be- 
gan his fourth. 
year as Para- 
mounfs publi- 
city and adver- 
tising director. 
Flashing the 
same skill, 
speed and sta- 
mina which 
made him a 
standout line- 
man at his erst- 
while Alma 

Mater, Williams College, he "cleared a 
path," — to use gridiron lingo, — for the 
product-toting sales force of his company. 
As you will recall, the film "game" ■was 
a very vital contest to Paramount during 
'37 which marked the Silver Jubilee of 
Adolph Zukor as a member of the pix 
industry. Big Bob had a "field day," as 
the sport-writers term it, and tackled 
everything that came his way. Was duly 
pleased when his department intercepted 
the award which AMPA passed along 
for the best trade paper advertisement. 


I n February, 
1937, Edward 
A., who had 
been holding 
down the job 
of sales man- 
ager of Ches- 
cible, became 
sales manager 
for the new 
Monogram set- 
up. Much ol 
thai company's 
success in the 

past 12 months, as far as sales are con- 
cerned, belongs directly to Eddie. An- 
nounced in June that Monogram was 
ready to handle outside pix. Traveled 
about the 48 states holding high his 
outfit's banner. Discerning eye of the 
Governor of Texas saw him spreading 
good-will 'mongst the exhibs and for this 
reason (or was it Eddie's skill in roping 
contracts?) made him Ambassador Ex- 
traordinary. On Nov. 12, while this Gold- 
en lad and Proxy Ray Johnston were in 
Pittsburgh, they were tendered a tes- 
timonial dinner at the Variety Club, Wil- 
liam Penn Hotel. 

Continue this series of the Film In- 
dustry's 1937 History Makers in this 
paper daily. Selections are made from 
the ranks of those whose activities 
provided industry headlines. 


Any time you 
want to know 
what all the 
shooting was 
about in the 
months of '37, 
this versatile 
exec can eas- 
ily divulge the 
info in detail, 
inasmuch as 
he is vice- 
prexy of Pathe 
News. But that 
is not the whole story. He is now vice- 
prexy of Pathe as well, having been 
duly named so last May, when that or- 
ganization's board of directors met in 
solemn conclave. Nor is the story fin- 
ished yet. On the opening day of Octo- 
ber, it came to the industry's attention 
that this same board had made Fred 
Ullman a fellow director. So, at present, 
he is chock-full of titles embodying the 
name Pathe. It's as it should be. 


It is pretty well 
e s t a b lished 
that in each 
year there are 
52 weeks for 
most industries 
— but for film- 
land there are 
53, counting, 
of course, 
George W. , 
who annually 
supplies con- 
s i d e r a b 1 e 
events to write 
and talk about. As GB's general sales 
manager, he brought that company's well- 
known trade-mark to American screens in 
increasing quantity. Journeyed to the 
Coast in late Spring and then sprang 
back to the home office to set his out- 
fit's selling plans for the new season. 
But when September was well along, 
he decided to resign his office. Fellow 
workers tendered him a swell faTewell 
luncheon at New York's Hotel Astor and 
presented him with a gold watch. 

• • T. P. LOACH • • 

In January, 
1937, this ex- 
young execu- 
tive who had 
served since 
1934 as assist- 
ant treasurer 
of Pathe Film 
Corp., having 
come to that or- 
ganization via 
Price, Water- 
house, auditors 
of major com- 
pany accounts, succeeded Willis C. 
Bright as Pathe's treasurer. From that 
time onward, his name was closely linked 
with the Pathe-Monogram deal; Pathe's 
expansion program; the going of his 
outfit into the black with a bang; the 
nine-month profit statement that showed 
more than $250,000. 


Last March 
dispatch out of 
stated that a 
pact was be- 
ing discussed 
twixt UA and 
Laemmle The 
Younger. Ex- 
actly a month 
went by, then, 
out of a clear H 
April sky, |P^ 
bolted n e w s , 
that Carl Jr. 

had reached an understanding with 
M-G-M and that he would be an asso- 
ciate producer for the company. Came 
May, and with it the announcement that 
the Laemmle line-up called for four or 
five pix. When Autumn arrived, bringing 
with it a kaleidoscope of complicated 
shifts in major company personnel, Carl, 
Jr., and Metro agreed to a voluntary 
mutual divorce. 

• • L. W. CONROW • • 

Early last De- 
cember the 
g 1 i 1 1 e r i n g 
points of 
fountain pens 
danced along 
the bottom of 
an impressive 
d o c u m e nt. 
When all the 
essential sig- 
natures •were 
affixed there- j 
to, a trio of 1 
facts stood 

out (1) Erpi had officially divorced from 
itself its theater servicing arm; (2) a new 
company, incorporated under the laws 
of Delaware and duly christened Altec 
Service Corp., had taken over said the- 
ater service activities, and (3) L. W. 
Conrow became Altec's head. This lat- 
ter fact was apparent long in advance 
of the sign-on-the-dotted-line routine, for 
the perceiving L. W. had been for some 
months a king pin in the rather pro- 
tracted negotiations. 

• • HY DAAB • • 

There was 
nothing lost 
about this gen- 
tleman's hori- 
zon during '37. 
He spent most 
of the time at 
his bee - hive 
desk in the 
Colum b i a 
home office 
devising and 
planning publi- 
city, exploita- 
tion and ad- 
vertising coup d'etats and then execut- 
ing them with what is known on the 
banks of the distant Seine as the coup 
de grace. Created the brilliant cam- 
paign which excited both press and 
public when "Lost Horizon," that Frank 
Capra classic, issued forth to win ac- 
claim. Again the Daab touch was very 
much in evidence when later in the 
year "The Awful Truth" was released 
on the nation's screens. 

Thursday, Jan. 6, 1938 

Adaptations of 7 Stage Plays Among '37 Best Ten 


(Continued from Page 1) 

"Stage Door," "Dead End," "Win- 
terset," "The Awful Truth." 

For a second time in the history 
of the national Film Daily poll, the 
total number of votes cast exceeded 
the 500 mark, 531 newspaper and 
magazine professional film critics 
and reviewers in all parts of the 
United States participating. Their 
reading public exceeds 25,000,000, it 
is estimated. Votes of 14 additional 
critics were received after the bal- 
lot deadline. 

"Zola" Held Early Lead 

"Zola," which took an early lead 
and maintained it to the end, led 
"The Good Earth" by 29 ballots 
when the poll closed. Other pic- 
tures to receive more than 300 votes 
were "The Good Earth," "Captains 
Courageous" and "Lost Horizon." 
Both "Zola" and "The Good Earth" 
topped the previous high number of 
votes for one picture — 416, polled 
by "Mutiny on the Bounty" in 1936. 

Three pictures — "A Star is Born," 
"Romeo and Juliet" and "Stage 
Door" — polled a minimum of 200 
votes; there were 16 features which 
received more than 100 ballots. The 
previous high was 15, in 1936. 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is repre- 
sented on the "Ten Best" list by 
three productions, United Artists 
(Samuel Goldwyn, Selznick Inter- 
national) RKO Radio and Colum- 
bia by two each, and Warner Broth- 
ers, by one. 

7 Stage Plays on List 

Perhaps the most significant 
sidelight of the 1937 "Ten Best" 
is found in the fact that no less 
than seven of the productions repre- 
sent adaptations of stage plays. 
Thus it is evident that, in the opin- 
ion at least of the critics and re- 
viewers, the screen is still largely 
dependent upon the legitimate for 
its more important vehicles. 

Those who feel that the cinema's 
advance rests upon the develop- 
ment of the original story, of course, 
may find a measure of consolation 
in the fact that the No. 1 picture, 
"Zola," was written directly for the 
screen. That also applies to "A Star 
is Born." 

Further analyzing the results of 
the 1937 national poll, these find- 
ings seem warranted: 

The costume story retains a gen- 
erous measure of popularity; music 
and comedy were less effective crit- 
ically than in 1936, although of ad- 
mitted box-office value; Shakespear- 
ean drama has a definite place in the 
cinematic scheme of things; the 
year's "best" selections, generally 
speaking, are keyed to "box-office." 
Foreign Pix Fail to Impress 

It is further of some significance 
that imported productions eligible 
made slight impression. Only two 
foreign pictures are found upon the 
Honor Roll— "Rembrandt" and "El- 


The "TEN BEST" of 1937 

Cinema, Stage and Some Other Matters 

(Continued from Page 1) 
art form. That is to say as offering evidence of Hollywood's inability to stand upon its 
own feet, and its dependency upon the legitimate drama. 

Those to whom such a premise appeals are welcome to any consolation they 
may derive therefrom, the more so because, on second thought, some other conclu- 
sions must be apparent. There is, for instance, the matter of further Hollywood 
demonstration of the cinema's ability to improve upon what the stage accomplished. 

IN this connection, attention is directed, among others, to "Stage Door" and "The 
' Good Earth." Without regard to physical production and performance, the fair 
critic will concede that both were refined as they journeyed through the studio mill. 
And that generally — note the "generally" — would apply to the other stage plays 
which annually find their way to the screen. 

There is, indeed, something amusing in the penchant of the Stage's Old Guard 
for crying, oh, so seriously, "Copycat!" at the Cinema. Consider the Stage's debt 
to the novel. 

The amazing digestive ability of the Cinema, being candid about it, is not unlike 
that of Will Shakespeare. Nor does the resemblance end there. Both have made their 
entertainment wares available to infinitely vaster audiences. 


"THE failure of comedy and music to make a deeper critical impression in 1937 is 
* deserving of note. So is the fact that "The Awful Truth," which finished 10th, was 
a late October release, going to theaters 10 days before the 1937 eligible list closed. 
Obviously, "The Awful Truth" must have scored quickly and decisively with the 
nation's reviewers. 

As to the absence of musicals from the Ten Best, one is somehow reminded 
of some words set down the other day by Brock Pemberton: "This has happened to 
the living theater since the advent of talking pictures — the screen has appropriated 
plays of many patterns which formerly made up the bulk of stage offerings. This 
refining process combined with a shrinkage of its audience due to economic dictates 
has raised theatrical standards." 

Musicals, of course, did not quite make up the bulk of stage offerings, but cer- 
tainly the melodic pattern is among those appropriated by Hollywood, witness that 
during the first half of the present Broadway season only five musicals have appeared. 
Whatever the effect upon theatrical standards, it seems evident to the cinema critics 
and reviewers that the "appropriation" has not benefited Hollywood. 


IN the intriguing realm of speculation, there are such possible themes as the part 
' characterization played in influencing critics' "best" votes, the interpretation of 
numerous simultaneous local polls as reflections of territorial preferences and the fact 
that, since 1933, the No. 1 picture annually has been a costume production. 

These themes are respectfully referred to the ladies and gentlemen of the critical 
pen for such pertinent newspaper discussion as may be desirable. 

In conclusion, as bearing upon the familiar FILM DAILY thesis that sustained 
manpower is this industry's mainspring, your attention is invited, once more, to the 
numerical out-front position of Leo the Lion. 

London Paper's Poll Sees 
"Lost Horizon" Rated 1st 

London (By Cable) — London Daily 
Express' nation-wide best pictures 
poll , modelled after that of The 
Film Daily in the U. S., saw Colum- 
bia's "Lost Horizon" finishing first. 

ephant Boy." The cinema's inter- 
national aspect, however, is clearly 
established by the large number of 
pictures with foreign settings and 
themes to be noted on the Honor 

A total of 139 pictures were nom- 
inated in the 1937 poll as com- 
pared with 149 in 1936 and 166 in 
1935. The Honor Roll embraces 47 
as against 44 last year and 49 in 
1935. Eligible pictures for 1937 
numbered 519 and in 1936, 387. 

Local polls, held simultaneously 
by critics and reviewers, again re- 
corded a gain, the total approxi- 
mating 40. The larger number of 
ballots cast by fans further served 
to emphasize the keener national 
interest in the 16th annual poll. 

Junior Polls and "Best" 

Lists Are New Departures 

Junior polls — "Ten Best" selec- 
tions by and for juveniles — provided 
one interesting feature of the 1937 
critical canvass. Voters under 16 in 
the Philadelphia Inquirer contest 

"Captains Courageous", "The 
Good Earth", "The Life of Emile 
Zola", "Stella Dallas", "A Star is 
Born", "Lost Horizon", "Maytime", 
"100 Men and a Girl", "Dead End", 
"Prisoner of Zenda". 

Critics in several instances picked 
special "Ten Best" lists for juve- 
nile audiences. As an example, here 
is the list chosen by Dee Lowrance, 
mp editor of Young America: 

"The Life of Emile Zola", "Captains 
Courageous", "A Star is Born", 
"Elephant Boy", "Victoria the 
Great", "Shall We Dance", "The 
Man Who Could Work Miracles", 
"The Prince and the Pauper," "Fire 
Over England", "Thin Ice". 


Nine critics, of the more thf- - »00 
who voted, were able to pick nine 
of the Ten Best Pictures of 1937, 
while 42 of the scribes selected eight 
out of the ten. 

Those who named nine correctlv 
were: Marion Neven, Culver City, 
Calif., Evening Star News; Frank 
C. Clough, Emporia, Kans., Gazette; 
Bob Geoffroy, Topeka, Kans., Daily 
Capital; C. R. Roseberry, Albany, 
N. Y., Knickerbocker News; Dennis 
R. Smith, Canton, O., Repository; 
Alvin C. Zurcher, Chillicothe, O., 
News- Advertiser; L. U. Kay, Har- 
risburg, Pa., Telegraph; Buck Her- 
zog, Milwaukee, Wis., Sentinel and 
A. D. Williams, Moose Magazine. 

The 42 who selected eight are: 
Clayton I. Ward, Alhambra, Calif., 
Post- Advocate; Betty Craig, Denver, 
Colo., Post; Alberta Pike, Denver, 
Colo., Rocky Mountain News; James 
E. Hague, Bridgeport, Conn., Times- 
Star; Paul M. Conway, Macon, Ga., 
Evening News; Ed Klingler, Evans- 
ville, Ind., Press; A. A. Dagherty, 
Louisville, Ky., Times; Charles P. 
Jones, New Orleans, La., Times- 
Picayune; Alice E. Modes, Portland, 
Me., Press Herald; Prunella Hall, 
Boston, Mass., Post; Helen Eager, 
Boston, Mass., Traveler; Helen M. 
Bradley, Bay City, Mich., Times; 
Mrs. Ella H. McCormick, Detroit, 
Mich., Free Press; V. L. Page, Chil- 
licothe, Mo., Constitution-Tribune; 
Herbert L. Monk, St. Louis, Mo., 
Post-Dispatch; Barney Oldfield, Lin- 
coln, Neb., Sunday Journal & Star; 
Firman R. Loree, Elizabeth, N. J., 
Daily Journal; Arthur D. Mackie, 
Jersey City, N. J., Jersey Journal; 
Will Baltin, New Brunswick, N. J., 
Daily Home News-Sunday Times; 
Letitia J. Lyon, Binghamton, N. Y., 
Sun; Don Walker, Olean, N. Y.; 
Times-Herald; Franklin H. Chase, 
Syracuse, N. Y., Journal; Herman J. 
Bernfeld, Cincinnati, O., Enquirer; 
Arthur F. Spaeth, Cleveland, O., 
News; Harrold C. Eckert, Columbus, 
O., State Journal; Virginia D. Sturm, 
Dayton, O., Daily News; A. S. Kany, 
Dayton, O., Sunday Journal; Ina M. 
Karson, Springfield, O., News; Mit- 
chell Woodbury. Toledo, O., Blade; 
Harold Hunt, Portland. Ore., Jour- 
nal; Douglas W. Polivka. Portland, 
Ore., News-Telegram; Herbert L. 
Larson. Portland, Ore., Oregonian: 
Henry T. Murdock, Philadelphia, Pa.. 
Evening Public Ledger; Garrett D. 
Byrnes, Providence. R. I.. Journal- 
Evening Bulletin; Mary Wynn, Fort 
Worth. Tex., Star-Telee-ram ; Waf- 
ford Conrad. Spokane. Wash., Daily 
Chronicle: Clyde H. East, Charles- 
ton, W. Va.. Gazette; Cecil Lane. 
Milwaukee. Wis., News; Gene Rich. 
Boxoffice; Yukio Aoyama. Japanese 
Movie Magazine; Larry Reid, Mo- 
tion Picture Magazine and Louis A. 
Fink. New York News Bureau Asso- 









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,FTER the lapse of 16 years, each one marked by a success- 
ful "Ten Best Pictures" poll, it well might seem difficult to find 
a new thought as a text for the traditional expression of appre- 
ciation to the professional cinema critics and reviewers of the 
United States. 

Actually, it is not. 

In the wealth of newspaper and magazine columns which 
signalize the public casting of critics' ballots and in the scores 
of letters which accompany reviewers' ballots, there annually 
is a rich harvest of inspirational thoughts. The 1937 poll cer- 
tainly was no exception. 

Canvassing the innumerable columns and communiques, we 
of The Film Daily are deeply impressed by the manifest sincerity 
with which the ladies and gentlemen of the critical pen have 
approached their assignment from this journal. 

The large number of nominations — 139 — bespeaks a wide 
range of opinion, but in this generous application of the critic's 
yardstick there is cause for deep industry satisfaction. It is, for 
one thing, an assurance that reviewers are not indifferent to the 
likes (and, inferentially, the dislikes) of their particular reading 

While it is true that in these United States we do not have the 
sharp variances found in many countries, it must be acknowl- 
edged that some cleavage in taste does exist. The industry nec- 
essarily recognizes that, must continue to recognize that if it is to 
fulfill its mass entertainment mission. 

Nevertheless, to complete the picture it is essential to reiterate 
that in the 16 yearly Film Daily polls American critics and re- 
viewers have found a common meeting ground for the honest 
national evaluation of the cinematic art, with marked beneficial 
effect upon both criticism and pictures. 

As each succeeding poll sees further increase in the number 
of participants, a corresponding increase in such effect may be 
anticipated. To say that all concerned with picture-making are 
responsive to the critics' annual accolades is to state only the 

The growth in the number of simultaneous local polls con- 
ducted by papers in large and small cities again was a particu- 
lar source of gratification. The more moviegoers critically con- 
cerned with the screen the better for the cinema as a serious 
art form. 

Thus, to the critics of the United States, for industry service 
publicly and graciously rendered, we of The Film Daily extend 
our appreciation in kind. 



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Picture Distributor 

The Life of Emile Zola Warner Bros 

The Good Earth Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 

Captains Courageous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 

Lost Horizon Columbia 

A Star Is Born UA (Selznick International). 

Romeo and Juliet ...Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 

Stage Door RKO Radio 

Dead End ,..UA (Samuel Goldwyn) 

Winterset RKO Radio 

The Awful Truth .Columbia ..... 



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Picture and Distributor Votes 

Lloyds of London — 20th Century-Fox.. 154 

100 Men and a Girl — Universal 152 

The Prisoner of Zenda — UA-Selznick.. 146 

Camille — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 121 

Maytime — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer .... 121 
Conquest — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer .... 107 
Night Must Fall — Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer 84 

Stella Dallas— UA-Goldwyn 74 

Theodora Goes Wild — Columbia 74 

The Plainsman — Paramount G9 

Topper— M-G-M-Hal Roach 67 

Make Way for Tomorrow — Paramount. G5 

Rembrandt — UA-Alexander Korda. ... 65 

They Won't Forget — Warner Bros 57 

Three Smart Girls — Universal 56 

I Met Him in Paris — Paramount 50 

Heidi — 20th Century-Fox 41 

Picture and Distributor Votes 

One In a Million — 20th Century-Fox.. 39 
The Charge of the Light Brigade — 

Warner Bros G6 

The Prince and the Pauper — 

Warner Bros 31 

Thin Ice — 20th Century-Fox 31 

After the Thin Man — Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer 30 

Kid Galahad— Warner Bros 30 

Black Legion — Warner Bros 22 

Parnell — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 22 

Marked Woman — Warner Bros 21 

Green Light — Warner Bros 20 

Walt Disney Revue — United Artists.. 19 
The Emperor's Candlesticks — Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer 19 

Souls at Sea — Paramount 19 

Elephant Boy — United Artists 17 

Picture and Distributor Votes 

The Road Back — Universal 15 

Three Men on a Horse — Warner Bros. 15 

Wake Up and Live — 20th Century-Fox 15 

Wee Willie Winkie — 20th Century-Fox 14 

Come and Get It — UA-Goldwyn 13 

Maid of Salem — Paramount 13 

Seventh Heaven — 20th Century-Fox. . 13 

Slave Ship — 20th Century-Fox 13 

Waikiki Wedding — Paramount 13 

AH Baba Goes to Town — 20th 

Century-Fox 11 

Double Wedding — Metro-Goldwyn- 
Mayer 11 

The Garden of Allah — UA-Selznick ... 11 

Quality Street — RKO Radio 11 

Vogues of 1938— UA-Walter Wanger. . 11 

Easy Living — Paramount 10 

Love Is News — 20th Century-Fox 10 




One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1937 


Vice-President in Charge of Production Jack L. Warner 

Associate Executive in Charge of Production . . . Hal B. Wallis 

Director William Dieterle 

Star Paul Muni 

Authors Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg 


Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Norman Reilly Raine 

Music Max Steiner 

Orchestra Direction Leo Forbstein 

Assistant Director Russ Saunders 

Film Editor Warren Lowe 

Cinematographer Tony Gaudio 

Art Director Anton Grot 

Supervisor Henry Blanke 

Makeup Artist Perc Westmore 

Gowns Milo Anderson, Ali Hubert 

Press Representative S. Charles Einfeld 

Produced at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank 

Release Date . . October 2, 1937 


Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, Joseph Schildkraut, Gale Sondergaard, Dickie 
Moore, Rolla Gourvitch, Donald Crisp, Grant Mitchell, John Litel, Lumsden 
Hare, Marcia Mae Jones, Gilbert Emery, Harry Davenport, Ralph Morgan, 
Walter Kingsford, Henry O'Neill, Robert Barrat, Louis Calhern, Erin O'Brien 
Moore, Montagu Love, Robert Warwick, Frank Sheridan, Morris Carnovsky, 
Vladimir Sokoloff, Charles Richman. 

A Warner Bros. Production 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1937 



ssociate Producer Albert Lewin 

Director Sidney Franklin 

Stars Paul Muni, Luise Rainer 

Author, Novel Pearl S. Buck 

Stage Adaptation Owen Davis. Donald Davis 

Screenplay. .Talbot Jennings, Tess Slesinger, Claudine West 

Musical Score Herbert Stothart 

Art Director Cedric Gibbons 

Associates. .Harry Oliver, Arnold Gillespie, Edwin B. Willis 

Wardrobe Dolly Tree 

Cinematographer Karl Freund 

Montage Slavko Vorkapich 

Film Editor Basil Wrangell 

Press Representative Howard Dietz 

Produced at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City 

Release Date August 6, 1937 


Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch, Charley Grapewin, 
Jessie Ralph, Soo Yong, Keye Luke, Roland Lui, Suzanna Kim, Chingwah Lee, 
Harold Huber, Olaf Hytten, William Law, Mary Wong. 

A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1937 


Producer. .» Louis D. Lighten 

Director Victor Fleming 

Stars . Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore 

Author Rudyard Kipling 

Screenplay . John Lee Mahin, Marc Connelly, Dale Van Every 

Musical Score Franz Waxman 

Songs Music, Franz Waxman; Lyrics, Gus Kahn 

Recording Director Douglas Shearer 

Art Director Cedric Gibbons 

Associates Arnold Gillespie, Edwin B. Will: 

Marine Director James Havens 

Cinematographer Harold Rosson 

Film Editor ... Elmo Vernon 

Press Representative Howard Dietz 

Produced at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City 

Release Date June 25, 1937 


Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, 
Charley Grapewin, Mickey Rooney, John Carradine, Oscar O'Shea, Jack La 
Rue. Walter Kingsiord, Donald Briggs, Sam McDaniels, Billie Burrud. 

A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Production 






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Producer and Director Frank Capra 

Star Ronald Colman 

Author James Hilton 

Screenplay ■ • Robert Riskin 

Cinematographer Joseph Walker 

Film Editors Gene Havlock, Gene Miliord 

Art Director Stephen Goosson 

Costumes Ernst Dryden 

Musical Director Max Steiner 

Musical Score Dmitri Tiomkin 

Assistant Director C. C. Coleman 

Aerial Photography Elmer Dyer 

Technical Advisor . . Harrison Forman 

Special Camera Effects. . .E. Roy Davidson, Ganahl Carson 
Voices Hall Johnson Choir 

Press Representative Hy Daab 

Produced at Columbia Pictures Studios, Hollywood 

General Release Date September 1, 1937 


Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas 
Mitchell, Margo, Isabel Jewell, H. B. Warner, Sam Jaffe. 

A Columbia Pictures Production 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1937 


Producer David O. Selznick 

Director William A. Wellman 

Stars Janet Gaynor, Fredric March 

Authors William A. Wellman, Robert Carson 

Screenplay. .Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, Robert Carson 

Settings Lyle Wheeler 

Associate Edward Boyle 

Costumes Omar Kiam 

Color Design Lansing C. Holden 

Cinematography W. Howard Greene 

Recorder . Oscar Lagerstrom 

Special Effects Jack Cosgrove 

Music Max Steiner 

Film Editors Hal C. Kern, Anson Stevenson 

Assistant Director Eric Stacey 

Property Man Robert Lander 

Construction Superintendent Harold Fenton 

Location Manager Mason Litson 

Head Grip Fred Williams 

Head Electrician James Potevin 

Press Representative Russell J. Birdwell 

Produced at Selznick International Studios. Culver City 

Release Date April 30, 1937 


Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy 
Devine, Lionel Stander, Elizabeth Jenns, Edgar Kennedy, Owen Moore, J. C. 
Nugent, Clara Blandick, A. W. Sweatt, Peggy Wood, Adrian Rosley, Arthur 
Hoyt, Guinn (Big Boy) Williams, Vince Barnett, Paul Stanton, Franklin Pangborn, 

A Selzf%ie ^ International Production 
Released Thru United Artists 


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One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1937 


^^^•oducer Irving Thalberg 

Director George Cukor 

Stars Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard 

Author William Shakespeare 

Screen Adaptation Talbot Jennings 

Musical Score Herbert Stothart 

Art Director Cedric Gibbons 

Settings Cedric Gibbons, Oliver Messel 

Associates Fredric Hope, Edwin B. Willis 

Costumes Oliver Messel and Adrian 

Dance Director Agnes de Mille 

Artistic Consultant Oliver Messel 

Literary Consultant Prof. William Strunk, Jr. 

Cinematographer William Daniels 

Film Editor Margaret Booth 

Press Representative Howard Dietz 

Produced at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City 

Release Date April 16, 1937 


Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, Edna May Oliver, Basil 
Rathbone, C. Aubrey Smith, Andy Devine, Ralph Forbes, Reginald Denny, 
Maurice Murphy, Conway Tearle, Henry Kolker, Robert Warwick, Virginia 
Hammond. Violet Kemble Cooper. 

A Metro-Goldtvyn-Mayer Production 


One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1937 


Costumes Muriel Kin 

Associate Producer Pandro S. Berman 

Director Gregory La Cava 

Stars. .Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou 

Authors Edna Ferber, George S. Kaufman 

Screenplay . . Morrie Ryskind, Anthony Veiller 

Cinematographer Robert de Grasse 

Film Editor William Hamilton 

Art Director Van Nest Polglase 


.Carroll Clark 

Musical Director Roy We 

Sound Recordist John L. Cass 

Press Representative S. Barret McCormick 

Produced at RKO Radio Studios, Hollywood 

Release Date October 8, 1937 


Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Gail Patrick, Con- 
stance Collier, Andrea Leeds, Samuel S. Hinds, Lucille Ball, Franklin Pang- 
born, William Carson, Pierre Watkin, Grady Sutton, Frank Reicher, Phyllis 
Kennedy, Eve Arden, Ann Miller, Margaret Early, Jean Rouverol, Elizabeth 
Dunne, Norma Drury, Jane Rhodes, Harriett Brandon, Peggy O'Donnell. Kath- 
arine Alexander, Ralph Forbes, Mary Forbes, Huntley Gordon. 



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One of the TEN REST PICTURES of 1937 


Producer Samuel Goldwyn 

Associate Producer. Merritt Hulburd 

Director William Wyler 

Stars Sylvia Sidney. Joel McCrea 

Author Sidney Kingsley 

Screenplay Lillian Hellman 

Cinematographer Gregg Toland 

Film Editor Daniel Mandell 

Art Director Richard Day 

Costumes Omar Kiam 

Musical Director Alfred Newman 

Assistant Director Eddie Bernoudy 

Set Decorator Julie Heron 

Sound Technician Frank Maher 

Press Representative Jock Laurence 

Produced at United Artists Studios, Hollywood 

General Release Date September 1. 1937 


Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, Claire 
Trevor, Allen Jenkins. Marjorie Main, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, 
Leo Corcey, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly, Charles Peck, Minor Watson, James 
Burke, Ward Bond, Elizabeth Risdon, Esther Dale. George Humber. Marcelle 

A Samuel Goldwyn Production 
Released Thru United Artists 

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One of the TETV BEST PICTURES of 1937 


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Cinematographer . . 

Film Editor 

Art Director 

Pandro S. Berman 

Alfred Santell 

Burgess Meredith, Margo 
Maxwell Anderson 

Anthony Veiller 

Peverell Marley 

William Hamilton 

Van Nest Polglase 

Associate Perry Ferguson 

Musical Director Roy Webb 

Sound Recordist John L. Cass 

Press Representative S. Barret McCormick 

Produced at RKO Radio Studios, Hollywood 

Release Date. December 25. 1936 


Burgess Meredith, Margo, Eduardo Ciannelli, John Carradine, Edward 
Ellis, Paul Guilfoyle, Maurice Moscovitch, Stanley Ridges, Willard Robertson, 
Mischa Auer, Myron McCormick, Helen Jerome Eddy, Barbara Pepper, Alec 
Craig, Fernanda Eliscu, George Humbert, Murray Alper, Paul Fix. 

An RKO Radio Production 



One of the TEN BEST PICTURES of 1937 



Producer and Director Leo McCarey 

Associate Producer Everett Riskin 

Stars . Irene Dunne, Cary Grant 

Author Arthur Richman 

Screenplay Vina Delmar 

Cinematographer Joseph Walker 

Film Editor Al Clark 

Art Directors . Stephen Goosson, Lionel Banks 

Gowns Kalloch 

Musical Director Morris Stolofi 

Music Ben Oakland 

Lyrics Milton Drake 

Assistant Director William Mull 

Interior Decorations ... Babs Johnstone 

Sound Engineer Edward Bernds 

Press Representative Hy Daab 

Produced at Columbia Pictures Studios, Hollywood 

General Release Date October 21, 1937 


Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D'Arcy, Cecil Cun- 
ningham, Molly Lamont, Esther Dale, Joyce Compton, Robert Allen, Robert 
Warwick, Mary Forbes. 

A Columbia Pictures Production 


Following is a list of the motion picture editors and critics whose 
rotes made possible the selection of the Ten Best Pictures of 1937 


S. J. Hall, Jr. — Star. Anniston. 
Barrett C. Shelton — Daily, Decatur. 
Harry P. Hall — Journal. Dothan. 
Louis A. Eckl — Times, Florence. 


lames Logie — Daily Dispatch, Douglas. 
Mrs. Bernice Cosulich — Daily Star, Tucson. 


Alfred W. Rose — News, Camden. 

Mildred Harris — East Arkansas Record, Helena. 

Mrs. Edna D. Elliott — Southern Newspapers. 

Inc., Hot Springs. 
Harlan Hobbs — Arkansas Democrat, Little 

Edgar B. Chesnutt — Arkansas Gazette. Little 

I. Benedict — Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock. 
Harmon Elder — Daily Star-Progress, Wynne. 


Clayton I. Ward — Post-Advocate, Alhambra. 

Floyd McCracken — Bulletin, Anaheim. 

Mrs. Vida Hills Shepard — Record, Chico. 

Don O'Kane — Humboldt Standard. Eureka. 

Helen Steele — News-Press, Glendale. 

Elizabeth Yeaman — Citizen-News, Hollywood. 

J. L. Rosenberg — Daily News, Inglewood. 

John W. Teed — Sun, Long Beach. 

Harry Mines — Daily News, Los Angeles. 

Jimmy Starr — Evening Herald & Express, Los 

Virginia Wright — Evening News, Los Angeles. 

Philip K. Scheuer — Times, Los Angeles. 

Howard Waldorf — Post Enquirer, Oakland. 

Wood Soanes — Tribune, Oakland. 

Leonard J. Frankish — Daily Report, Ontario. 

O. H. "Okey" King — Progress-Bulletin, Pomona. 

David Newsom — Independent, Richmond. 

Don H. Short — Evening Tribune, San Diego. 

Willis Werner — Sun, San Diego. 

Maurice Savage — Union-Tribune, San Diego. 

John Hobart — Chronicle, San Francisco. 

Claude A. LaBelle — News, San Francisco. 

Stanley J. Waldorf — News, San Jose. 

Litti Paulding — News Press, Santa Barbara. 

Fred McPherson, Jr. — Sentinel, Santa Cruz. 

Peggy Heacock — Tribune, South Gate. 

Mel Bennett — Record. Stockton. 

Marion Neven — Star News, Culver City; Van- 
guard, Venice. 

Mrs. R. B. Kennedy — Daily News, Whittier. 

Delma Benson — Daily Democrat, Woodland. 


Robert C. Looney — Daily Camera, Boulder. 

Betty Craig — Post. Denver. 

Alberta Pike — Rocky Mountain News, Denver. 

Mildred Hart — Daily Sentinel. Grand Junction. 

Bernard A. Faller — Times-Call, Longmont. 

Hazel A. Smith — Star-Journal. Pueblo. 

F. E. Winsor — Chronicle-News, Trinidad. 


Leo Miller — Herald, Bridgeport. 

Fred H. Russell — Post-Telegram. Bridgeport. 

James E. Hague — Times-Star, Bridgeport. 


About The 

This is the 16th annual poll conducted 

Pictures released between November 
1, 1936 and October 31, 1937 were 
eligible. Selections were made from a 
ballot supplied voters. 

Number of critics voting reached 531, 
a new high. Late ballots totaled 14 
bringing the total critics heard from 
to 545. 

Newspaper circulation repres anted 
by the voters exceeds 25,000,000 read- 
ers. Millions more will hear the Ten 
Best dramatized tonight on the nation- 
wide "March of Time" broadcast. 

Pictures nominated — those receiving 
one or more votes — totaled 139. The 
Honor Roll of pictures with 10 or more 
votes includes 47 productions. Eligible 
pictures totaled 519. 

Curtiss A. Wilson — News Times, Danbury. 
Julian B. Tuthill — Daily Times, Hartford. 
Arthur J. Sloane — Journal-Courier, New Haven. 
Edward Reynolds — Sentinel, South Norwalk. 
Dean Hunt — Advocate, Stamford. 
John H. Thompson — Register, Torrington. 
George T. Dillon — Democrat, Waterbury. 


Frances W. Merchant — Morning News & Jour- 
nal — Every Evening, Wilmington. 

Henry L. Sholly — Sunday Morning Star, Wil- 

District of Columbia 

Nelson B. Bell — Post, Washington. 
Andrew R. Kelley — Times. Washington.. 
Derek Fox — United States News. Washington. 


Cleone F. Hawkins' — Polk County Record, 

Herbert M. Davidson — News-Journal, Daytona 

Richard G. Moffett — Florida Times-Union, Jack- 

H. W. Schaefer — The Floridian, Jacksonville. 

Antoinette Veveika — News-Herald. Panama 

A. R. Dunlap — Evening Independent, St. Peters- 

Marion Aitchison — Times, St. Petersburg. 

Maude H. Hollowell — Florida State News, Tal- 

L. O. Robertson — Evening News, Tampa. 

E. D. Lambright — Morning Tribune, Tampa. 

Vernon L. Smith— Post & Times. West Palm 


Frank Daniel — Journal. Atlanta. 

Jimmy Robinson — Herald, Albany. 

Eleanor H. Orr — News, LaGrange. 

Paul M. Conway — Evening News, Macon. 

Emily R. Jerger — Times Enterprises. Thomas- 

Jack Williams, Jr. — Journal-Herald, Waycross. 


Robert W. Richards — Beacon-News, Aurora. 

Mrs. Robert L. Kern — News-Democrat, Belle- 

Catherine Hoobler — Daily Pantograph. Bloom- 

Opal Melton — Sentinel, Centralia. 

Clark Rodenbach — Daily News. Chicago. 

W. H. Hackman — Commercial-News, Danville. 

Layah Riggs — Herald & Review, Decatur. 

Grace Leone Barnett — Journal-Standard. Free- 

Alta Givens — Daily Register, Harrisburg. 

Oldham Paisley — Daily Republican, Marion. 

Robert M. Shepherdson — Journal-Transcript, 

C. H. Nelson — Morning Star, Rockford. 

R. C. Trank — Register Republic, Rock'ord. 

William V. Kinney — Argus, Rock Island. 

W. F. Dagon — Illinois State Journal. Springfield. 

E. J. Macklin — News-Sun, Waukegan. 


Robert Moore — News Review, Moscow. 
Harold J. Wood — Evening Times, Twin Falls. 


Camille Utter Meno — Daily Mail. Bedford 

Times, Bedford. 
Walter S. Bradfute — Daily Telephone. Bloom- 

W. C. Miller — Evening World. Bloomington. 
P. Thomas Smith — Daily Clintonian, Clinton. 
Dan Albrecht — Daily Truth, Elkhart. 
Fd Klinglf.r — Press, Evansville. 
Chester Brouwer — Journal Gazette, Fort 

Neva Williams — News-Sentinel. Fort Wayne. 
Nelly L. Claybaugh — Morning Times, Frank- 
Belle Weinstein — News-Democrat, Goshen. 
Walter Whitworth — News. Indianapolis. 
Corbin Patrick — Star, Indianapolis. 
James Thrasher — Times, Indianapolis. 
Maurice Carter Tull — Tribune-Dispatch, KokD- 

Allen Sauers — Pharos-Tribune. Logansport. 
Gayle Warnock — Chronicle-Tribune. Marion. 
E. Preston Calvert — Evening Dispatch, Mich : - 

gan City. 
Dorothy Misener — News, Michigan City. 
Louise A. Baldwin — Daily Democrat. Mount 

Helen M. Taylor — Courier-Times. New Castle. 
Dan Mahoney — News-Times. South Bend. 
W. W. Dunkle — Tribune, South Bend. 
Mabel McKee — Star. Terre Haute. 
Josef Mossman — Plain Dealer, Wabash. 


Robert Murray — Daily Tribune. Ames. 
Irma Masterson — News-Republican, Boone. 
Walter E. Kohrs — Hawk-Eye Gazette. Burling- 



Rex J. Ballard — Daily Times, Davenport. 
John E. O'Donnell — Democrat, Davenport. 
Lucy Meuer — Catholic Daily Tribune, Dubuque. 
S. W. Mitchell — Evening Democrat, Fort Madi- 
Staten Browning — Daily Iowan. Iowa City. 
Edwin B. Green — Press-Citizen, Iowa City. 
Dale E. Carrell — Gate City, Keokuk. 
David B. Kaufman — Globe-Gazette, Mason City. 
E. J. Van Nostrand — Daily News, Newton. 
C. D. Foehlinger — Herald, Oskaloosa. 
Emmett I. Mowery — Courier, Ottumwa. 
Willis F. Forbes — Journal, Sioux City. 
L. E. Wood — Daily Courier, Waterloo. 


Arch W. Jarrell — Daily Traveler, Arkansas 

Hugh J. Powell — Journal, Coffeyville. 
Jay B. Baugh — Daily Globe, Dodge City. 
Frank C. Clough — Gazette, Emporia. 
E. Lawson May — Herald, Hutchinson. 
Dorothy Greve — News, Hutchinson. 
Reed Porter — Daily Reporter, Independence. 
Robert Busby — Journal-World, Lawrence. 
Bob Geoffroy — Daily Capital, Topeka. 
Loy Wood — Beacon, Wichita. 
Marc Cullen — Eagle, Wichita. 


Dudley H. Taylor — New Era, Hopkinsville. 
Charles G. Dickerson — Leader, Lexington. 
Boyd Martin — Courier-Journal, Louisville. 
A. A. Dagherty — Times, Louisville. 


A. Hunter Jarreau — Daily Town Talk, Alex- 

American Press — Lake Charles. 

George V. Lofton — Morning World, Monroe. 

Charles P. Jones — Times-Picayune, New Or- 

Dolph G. Frantz — Journal, Shreveport. 

Ralph N. Swanson — Times, Shreveport. 


E. B. Whitney — Evening Journal, Lewiston. 
Albert H. Ward, Jr. — Evening News, Portland. 
Alice E. Modes — Press Herald, Portland. 
Richard H. Woodbury — Sunday Telegram, 


E. M. Jackson, Jr. — Evening Capital, Annapolis. 
Gilbert Kanour — Evening Sun, Baltimore. 
Donald Kirkley — Sun, Baltimore. 
Carroll Dulaney — Sunday American, Baltimore. 
Harry Haller — Sunday Sun, Baltimore. 
W. Henry Decker — News-Post, Frederick. 
J. Richard Raufh — Daily Mail, Hagerstown. 
Lester S. McWilliams — Morning Herald, Hag- 
Imogene Caruthers — Times. Salisbury. 


C. S. Sherman — Daily Sun, Attleboro. 

John D. Beaufort — Christian Science Monitor, 

Marjory L. Adams — Globe. Boston. 

Elinor L. Hughes — Herald, Boston. 

Prunella Hall — Post, Boston. 

Helen Eager — Traveler, Boston. 

Rita M. Naughton — Daily Item, Clinton. 

Margaret Clarke — Recorder-Gazette, Greenfield. 

Tom Burke — Record, Haverhill. 

Timothy F. O'Hearn — Eagle-Tribune, Lawrence. 

Kent Knowlton — Courier-Citizen, Lowell. 

Ethel K. Billings — Evening Leader, Lowell. 

Harold Day Valpey — Daily Evening Item, Lynn. 

Paul F. Williams — Morning Mercury, New Bed- 

John Dakin, Jr. — Standard-Times, New Bed- 

Helen E. Wieland — Daily Hampshire Gazette, 

Chester W. Hutchings. Jr. — Evening News, 

Louise Mace — Republican, Springfield. 

A. L. S. Wood — Union, Springfield. 

William H. Reed — Daily Gazette. Taunton. 
Gardner Campbell — Daily Item, Wakefield. 
T. Jeremiah Murphy — News-Tribune, Waltham. 
Clarence L. Moody — Evening Gazette. Wor- 
Carl W. Erickson — Telegram, Worcester. 


Madge A. Millikin — Daily Telegraph, Adrian. 

Ralph G. Coulter — News, Ann Arbor. 

John C. F. Healey — Enquirer & News, Battle 

Helen M. Bradley — Times, Bay City. 
Earl F. Pangborn — News-Palladium, Benton 

Mrs. Ella H. McCormick — Free Press, Detroit. 
Donal D. Nimmo — Saturday Night, Detroit. 
Dwight L. Oliver — Journal, Flint. 
Alta L. Littell — Herald, Grand Rapids. 
H. R. Palmer — State Journal, Lansing. 
Jean Worth — Herald-Leader, Menominee. 
E. C. Hayhow — Daily Press, Ponfiac. 
Frank G. Schmidt — News, Saginaw. 


Mrs. W. L. Robertson — Journal, Fergus Falls. 
Merle Potter — Journal, Minneapolis. 
Marguerite Schnorr — Post-Bulletin, Rochester, 

Mrs. Fred Schilplin — Daily Times-Herald, St. 

Lee Grove — Daily News, St. Paul. 
Kathryn F. Gorman — Dispatch-Pioneer Press, 

St. Paul. 


Johanna Serio — Daily Register, Clarksdale. 
Ernest Smith — Democrat-Times, Greenville. 
Katie Lou Keahey — American, Hattiesburg. 
Purser Hewitt — Clarion-Ledger, Jackson. 
Earl C. Magee — Daily News, Jackson. 
W. Louie Ellison — Star, Meridian. 


V. L. Page — Constitution-Tribune, Chillicothe. 
Richard Amper — Missourian, Columbia. 
Paul Clarkson — Courier-Post, Hannibal. 
Lowell Lawrance — Journal-Post, Kansas City. 
Goetz Jeter — Monitor-Index & Democrat, Mo- 

Dean Wilde — Gazette, St. Joseph. 
Herbert L. Monk — Globe-Democrat, St. Louis. 
Colvin McPherson — Post-Dispatch. St. Louis. 
Homer Bassford — Star-Times, St. Louis. 
Allen Oliver — Leader & Press. Springfield. 


Thomas E. Mooney — Record-Herald, Helena. 
Florence E. Swihart — Daily Tribune, Fremont. 
Barney Oldfield — Sunday Journal & Star, Lin- 
J. Rachman — Bee-News, Omaha. 
Keith Wilson — World-Herald, Omaha. 

New Jersey 

C. Byron Wortman — Press, Asbury Park. 

J. R. Conroy (Roy Reel) — Daily World, Atlan- 
tic City. 

Ida Hermann — Courier-Post Newspapers, Cam- 

Firman R. Loree — Daily Journal, Elizabeth. 

Kenneth L. Demarest — Bergen Evening Record, 

Arthur D. Mackie — Jersey Journal, Jersey City. 

Jean DeWitt — Daily Record, Long Branch. 

Earl W. Westcoat — Daily Republican, Mill- 

Norman B. Tomlinson — Daily Record, Morris- 

Will Baltin — Daily Home News-Sunday Times, 
New Brunswick. 

Sylvia Smith — Ledger, Newark. 

Richard Murray — Star-Eagle, Newark. 

Vivien Barrett — Daily Courier, Orange. 

Harold W. Gras — Herald-News, Passaic. 

Jules C. Levine — Evening News, Paterson. 

A. Wallace Gray — Courier-News, Plainfield. 

Alex Y. Burlsem — State Gazette, Trenton. 

Albert B. Thompson — Sunday Times-Advertiser, 

Palmer Coakley — Hudson Dispatch, Union City. 

Gordon J. Hart — Evening Journal, Vineland. 

New York 

C. R. Roseberry — Knickerbocker News, Albany. 

Letitia J. Lyon — Sun, Binghamton. 

Chris Graham — Home News, Bronx, N. Y. C. 

Edgar Price — Citizen, Brooklyn. 

Larry Mason — Heme Talk, Brooklyn. 

W. E. J. Martin — Courier-Express, Buffalo. 

Charles Victor Knox — Evening News, Buffalo. 

J. Maxwell Beers — Reporter, Elmira, N. Y. 

Roland B. Miller — Daily S:ar. Hudson. 

William J. Waters — Journal, Ithaca. 

Chester E. Durgin — Long Island Daily Press, 

John S. Bodkin — Queens Evening News, Ja- 

Waite Forsyth — Post, Jamestown. 

Charles J. Tiano — Daily Leader, Kingston. 

T. E. Brundage — Union-Sun & Journal. Lock- 

Albert E. Parks — Long Island Daily Star, Long 
Island City. 

Calvin D. Myers — News, Newburgh. 

Kate Cameron — Daily News, New York. 

Wanda Hale — Daily News, New York. 

Marcus Griffin — Enquirer, New York. 

Howard Barnes — Herald Tribune, New York. 

Marguerite Tazelaar — Herald Tribune, New 

Regina Crewe — Journal-American, New York. 

Leo Mishkin — Morning Telegraph, New York. 

Archer Winsten — Post, New York. 

Irene Thirer — Post, New York. 

Frank S. Nugent — Times, New York. 

William Boehnel — World Telegram, New York. 

Don Walker — Times-Herald, Olean. 

Winthrop S. Tultle — Daily Dispatch, Oneida. 

William E. Orr — Press Union, Peekskill. 

Priscilla Flower — Sunday Courier, Poughkeep- 

George L. David — Democrat & Chronicle, Roch- 

Everett L. Finch — Union-Star, Schenectady. 

Frank N. Lesourd — Advance, Staten Island. 

Hayden Hickok — Herald, Syracuse. 

Franklin H. Chase — Journal, Syracuse. 

Mrs. Helen Tail Walker — Post-Standard, Syra- 

Rowena Kunz — Observer-Dispatch, Utica. 

Norton Mockridge — Daily Reporter, White 

North Carolina 

Mary Brooks Parham — Observer, Charlotte. 
W. M. Sherrill — Daily Tribune, Concord. 
Stewart Atkins — Daily Gazette, Gastonia. 
Lester Clark Gilford — Daily Record, Hickory. 
John Mebane — Enterprises, High Point. 
Lamont Smith — Star-News, Wilmington. 

North Dakota 

Alma E. Riggle — Forum, Fargo. 


Laurie March — Times-Press, Akron. 
Marceil Houston — Times Gazette, Ashland. 
Adelbert Bodey — Star-Beacon, Ashtabula. 
G. E. Mitchell — Messenger, Athens. 
Dennis R. Smith — Repository, Canton. 
Alvin C. Zurcher — Nsws-Adverfiser, Chillicothe. 
G. A. Chandler — Scioto Gazette, Chillicothe. 
Herman J. Bernfeld — Enquirer, Cincinnati. 
William G. Stiegler — Times-Star, Cincinnati. 
Arlhur F. Spaeth — News, Cleveland. 
W. Ward Marsh — Plain Dealer, Cleveland. 
William S. Cunningham — Citizen, Columbus. 
Samuel T. Wilson — Dispatch. Columbus. 
Harrold C. Eckert — Ohio State Journal, Colum- 
Lester S. Boyd — Tribune, Coshocton. 
Virginia D. Sturm — Daily News, Dayton. 
A. S. Kany — Sunday Journal, Dayton. 
W. S. Campbell — Gazette, Delaware. 
Myfanwy Braun — Daily Reporter, Dover. 
Cleveland Lane — Review, East Liverpool. 
Constance A. Carle — Daily Times, Fostoria. 
Clayton A. Leiter — Journal-News, Hamilton. 
Richard W. Mattox — Eagle-Gazette, Lancaster. 
R. N. Rochester — Daily News, Logan. 
Jane Williams — News-Journal, Mansfield. 
Hallie Houck — Star, Marion. 
Hazel Kirk — Advocate, Newark. 

Dean G. Warner — Daily Times, New Phila- 

C. B. McKnight — Telegraph, Painesville. 

Lola Hill — Daily Call, Piqua. 

Nancy Grimes — Times, Portsmouth. 

Mary Louise Schuller — News, Salem. 

E. F. Walrath — Star-Journal, Sandusky. 

Ina M. Kaison — Springfield Newspapers, 

Mary Berger — Herald Star, Steubenville. 

Ralph H. Keller — Advertiser-Tribune, Tiffin. 

Mitchell Woodbury — Blade. Toledo. 

Allen Saunders — News-Bee, Toledo. 

Kenneth Mills — Tribune Chronicle, Warren. 

E. H. Hauenstein — Daily Record, Wooster. 
R. A. Higgins — Gazette, Xenia. 

Charles J. Mulcahy— Vindicator & Telegram, 

Charles A. Leedy — Vindicator & Telegram, 

Harry T. Basehart — Sunday Times Signal, 



H. Tom Omstead — Morning Times, Ada. 

Sam W. Blackburn — Daily Ardmoreite, Ard- 

Roy L. Hickox — Daily Leader, Guthrie. 
Carl Victor Little — News, Oklahoma City. 
Joe W. Croon — Times-Democrat, Oklulgee. 
Copass Routh — Producer, Seminole. 
Maxine Eddy — Evening Star, Shawnee. 
Dorothy Terry — Morning News, Shawnee. 
Mrs. Earl Baker — News & Star, Shawnee. 
Harry LaFerfe — World, Tulsa. 


Ned Simpson — Register-Guard, Eugene. 
Harold Hunt — Journal, Portland. 
Douglas W. Polivka — News-Telegram, Port- 
Herbert L. Larson — Oregonian, Portland. 
Maxine Buren — Oregon Statesman, Salem. 


Mary Yvo Flanigan — Era, Bradford. 
Donald B. Renn — Telegraph, Brownsville. 
James A. Glenney — Times, Chester. 
W. Lester Trauch — Daily Intelligencer, Doyles- 

F. A. Wurzbach — Dispatch-Herald, Erie. 
Ralph E. Wallis — Patriot, Harrisburg. 

R. H. Steinmetz — Sunday Courier, Harrisburg. 

L. U. Kay — Telegraph, Harrisburg. 

Ruth K. Holstein — Messenger, Homestead. 

Harry Hesselbein — Tribune, Johnstown. 

Herbert E. Krone — New Era, Lancaster. 

William D. Watkins — Evening Record, Lansford. 

Arkaya — Bulletin, Latrobe. 

Preston M. Rittenhouse — Sentinel, Lewistown. 

Robert S. Bates — Tribune-Republican, Mead- 

Suzanne Fisher — Times-Herald, Norristown. 

Richard H. Amberg — Blizzard, Oil City. 

Henry T. Murdock — Evening Public Ledger, 

Gerard Gaghan — Evening Public Ledger, 

Arthur B. Waters — Gazette-Democrat, Phila- 

Mildred Martin — Inquirer, Philadelphia. 

Elsie Finn — Record, Philadelphia. 

Harold W. Cohen — Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh. 

Kasper Monahan — Press, Pittsburgh. 

Shandy Hill — Mercury, Pottstown. 

Herrwood E. Hobbs — Journal, Pottsville. 

Ron G. Sercombe — Eagle, Reading. 

Thomas F. Connor— Scrantonian, Scranton. 

Betty Reynolds — Scrantonian, Scranton. 

Reginald A. Williams — Tribune, Scrantan. 

Robert Leary — Herald, Sharon. 

Margaret T. Riley — Daily Times, State College. 

Julia Rishel — Daily News, Tarentum. 

O'Neil Kennedy — Daily News Standard, 

Byron S. Campbell — News, Vandergrift. 

John M. Moore — Record, Wilkes-Barre. 

Paul J. Walter — Sunday Independent, Wilkes- 

Wilbert L. Haare — Dispatch, York. 

Rhode Island 

Thomas F. Bresnahan — Times, Pawtucket. 
Garrett D. Byrnes — Journal-Evening Bulletin, 

Paul B. Howland — Sunday Journal, Providence. 
Elinor V. Arnold — Call, Woonsocket. 

South Carolina 

Willis H. Harper — Morning News, Florence. 
Bob M. Ward— Herald, Rock Hill. 
Vernon Foster, E. K. Hall — Herald-Journal, 

South Dakota 

Francis C. Patten — American & News, Aber- 
Roger S. Brown — Argus-Leader, Sioux Falls. 


Murray Wyche — News, Chattanooga. 

Bob Leigh — Sun, Jackson. 

B. F. Henry, Jr. — News-Sentinel. Knoxville. 

Harry Martin — Commercial Appeal, Memphis. 

Jack Bryan — Press-Scimifar, Memphis. 

Francis Robinson — Banner, Nashville. 

William R. Breyer— Tennessean, Nashville. 


Pericles Alexander — Daily Texan, Austin. 

Martha E. Frasher — Journal, Beaumont. 

Jim Vinson — Daily Index, Childress. 

Roy Bacus — Texas Times-Review, Cleburne. 

William Barnard — Caller-Times, Corpus Christi. 

Fairfax Nisbet — Journal, Dallas. 

John Rosenfield, Jr. — Morning News, Dallas. 

Jimmy Lovell — Times Herald, Dallas. 

Jack Gordon — Press, Fort Worth. 

Mary Wynn — Star-Telegram, Fort Worth News, 

Sid Peach — Tribune, Galveston. 

Tommie Randolph — Times-Tribune, Gladewater. 

Charles R. Horton — Evening Banner, Green- 

Mildred Stockard — Chronicle, Houston. 

Charles W. Ratliff — Avalanche-Journal, Lub- 

Brownwood Emerson — -Daily News, Pampa. 

Elizabeth Duvall — -News, Paris. 

Mary Louise Walliser — Evening News, San 

Sam Woolford — Light, San Antonio. 

Ted Bomer — Democrat, Sherman. 

Robert W. Cooke — Reporter, Sweetwater. 

North Callahan — Courier-Times, Tyler. 

Gerald H. Parrick — -News-Tribune & Times- 
Herald, Waco. 

J. A. Wray — Daily Times, Wichita Falls. 


Alice Pardoe West — Standard-Examiner, Og- 

Gladys Hobbs — Deseret News, Salt Lake City. 
Waide M. Condon — Tribune, Salt Lake City. 


Mrs. Agnes R. Webster — Daily Times, Barre. 
Andrew A. Farley — Register & Bee, Danville. 
Wilbur Jennings — Free Lance-Star, Fredericks- 
David Wayne Wright — Advance, Lynchburg. 
Ralph K. T. Larson — Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk. 
Robert R. Barber — Star, Portsmouth. 
W. F. Dunbar, Jr. — Daily Record, Richmond. 
Edith Lindeman — Times-Dispatch, Richmond. 
Hollis Wood — News Leader, Richmond. 
E. W. Opie — News-Leader, Staunton. 
R. S. Fansler — Evening Star, Winchester. 


Nellie Browne Duff — Herald, Bellingham. 
Vernon Vine — Northwest Farm News, Belling- 
Richard E. Hays — Times, Seattle. 
Wafford Conrad — Daily Chronicle, Spokane. 
John Bigelow — Press, Spokane. 
Ray Budwin — Spokesman-Review, Spokane. 
Harold Speer — Times, Tacoma. 
Iris Little Myers — Daily Bulletin, Walla Walla. 
James R. Morris — Union-Bulletin, Walla Walla. 

West Virginia 

Ted McDowell — Post-Herald, Beckley. 
Robert H. Bull — Daily Mail, Charleston. 

Clyde H. East — Gazette, Charleston. 

Frank Carpenter — Telegram, Clarksburg. 

Walton M. Rock — Times, Fairmont. 

Brooks Cottle — Post, Morgantown. 

W. Cleveland Bowie — Daily Register, Point 

Robert T. Beans — Intelligencer, Wheeling. 
Thelma D. Hughes — News-Register, Wheeling. 


John P. Hogan — Daily Press, Ashland. 

Laurence A. Raymer — Daily News, Beloit. 

Peg O'Brien — Daily Gazette, Janesville. 

Chester M. Zeff — News, Kenosha. 

Sterling Sorensen — Capital Times, Madison. 

William L. Doudna — Wisconsin State Journal, 

George J. MacGarlane — Herald-Times, Mani- 

Lillian G. LeRoy — Eagle Star, Marinette. 

Cleanor Chilsen — Daily Herald, Merrill. 

Cecile Lane — News, Milwaukee. 

Buck Herzog — Sentinel, Milwaukee. 

Dorothy M. Lawton — Journal-Times, Racine. 

Jack McBride — Evening Telegram, Superior. 

Clarence H. Witter — Daily Times, Watertown. 


Jack Sellers — Tribune-Herald, Casper. 

Trade Papers, Fan Publica- 
tions, General Publications, 
Syndicates, Etc. 

Robbin Coons — Associated Press Feature Serv- 

Vance Chandler — Authenticated News Service 

Eugene Burr — Billboard. 

Lester Smith — Boston News Bureau. 

Nell Benedic, Gene Rich, Robert F. Klingen 
smith, A. L. Finestone — Box Office. 

Ray Lewis — Canadian Moving Picture Digest 

Frank G. Ortega — Cine-Mundial. 

Easton West — Continental Feature Syndicate 

Jesse Zunser — Cue Magazine. 

Harold Heffernan — Detroit News & North Amer- 
ican Newspaper Alliance. 

Nelson L. Greene — Educational Screen. 

Coles Phillips — Elks Magazine. 

Jack Alicoate, Don M. Mersereau, Chester B. 
Bahn, Jack Harrower, George H. Morris, 
Budd Getschal, G. Hollis Kennahan, Jr.. Al 
Steen, Winfield Andrus — The Film Daily. 

George Davis — Harper's Bazaar. 

P. S. Harrison — Harrison's Reports. 

Jimmy Valentine — Hollywood Lew-Down. 

Welford Beaton — Hollywood Spectator. 

Yukio Aoyama — Japanese Movie Magazine. 

Herbert M. Miller — Jay Emanuel Publications. 

Robert Terrall — Judge Magazine. 

Les Ketner — Kefs News Service. 

Alice L. Tildesley — Ledger Syndicate. 

Frederick James Smith — Liberty. 

Donita Ferguson — Literary Digest. 

James M. Fidler — McNaught Syndicate, Na- 
tional Broadcasting Co. 

M. R. Reese — Modern Movies, Movie Life, 
Movie Humor. 

A. D. Williams — Moose Magazine. 

Larry Reid— Motion Picture Magazine. 

Maxine Block — Motion Picture Review Digest. 

Ian Martin — Movie Humor, Modern Movies. 

Ralph S. Matz — Matz Feature Syndicate. 

Elza Schallert — National Broadcasting Co. 

James Shelley Hamilton — National Board of 
Review Magazine. 

Otis Ferguson — The New Repubic. 

T. H. Wenning — Newsweek. 

Louis A. Fink — New York News Bureau Asso- 

George J. Hecht — Parents' Magazine. 

Ruth Waterbury — Photoplay. 

William Lewin— '-Photoplay Studies. 

Norbert Lusk — Picture Play Magazine. 

Isobel O. Heath — Real Screen Fun. 

Delight Evans — Screenland Magazine. 

"Chick" Lewis — Showmen's Trade Review. 

Sam Black — The Studio News. 

J. B. Pearman — Winged Foot Magazine. 


Thursday, Jan. 6, 1938 




"Reader Interest" at New High in Local "Best" Polls 


tj (Continued from Page 1) 

from the co-operating papers last 
night established that emphatically. 
Newspapers conducting their first 
local poll advised without exception 
that they were amazed by the re- 
sponse, and enthusiastically advised 
that they would continue the prac- 
tice annually. 

Dailies which have held polls for 
a period of years in a majority of 
instances reported a new high in the 
number of votes cast. Best show- 
ing reported up to last night was 
by Merle Potter of the Minneapolis 
Journal who advised 10,000 ballots 
swamped the judges in the paper's 
seventh contest. 

New highs in reader interest were 
recorded by Lowell Lawrance of the 
Kansas City Journal-Post, by W. E. 
J. Martin of the Buffalo Courier-Ex- 
press, by Boyd Martin of the Louis- 
ville Courier-Journal, by Mildred 
Martin of the Philadelphia Inquirer, 
by Sterling Sorenson of the Madison, 
Wis., Capital Times, by Marguerite 
Schnorr of the Rochester, Minn., 
Post-Bulletin, by Will Baltin of the 
New Brunswick, N. J., Daily Home 
News and Sunday Times, by Barney 
Oldfield of the Lincoln, Neb., Jour- 
nal, by Leo Miller of the Bridgeport, 
Conn., Sunday Herald, among others. 

Boyd Martin reported a 25 per 
cent increase in local votes in Louis- 
ville, W. E. J. Martin a gain of 11 
per cent in Buffalo, Leo Miller a 50 
per cent advance in Bridgeport. 
Other increases varied between 10 
per cent and the Bridgeport record 

Few papers which previously had 
co-operated failed to follow through 
this year, and in nearly every in- 
stance consolidation of papers was 
indicated as the explanation. 

Approximately 15 papers co-op- 
erating make no attempt to compile 
a consensus of "Ten Best" entries, 
gearing their contests wholly to 
The Film Daily poll and award- 
ing prizes on such basis. Other 
papers do not close their local polls 
until a matter of hours before the 
results of the national survey are 
made public. In some cases, such 
as the Lincoln Journal, both apply. 

Motion picture editors almost 
without exception report that defi- 
nite circulation gains resulted from 


PANDRO S. BERMAN: Producer of both 
"Stage Door" and "Winterset." 

JOHN CARRADINE: Played in "Captains 
Courageous" and "Winterset". 

ROBERT CARSON: Co-author of "A Star 
rs Born" and collaborated on the 

ESTHER DALE: Played in "Dead End" 
and "The Awful Truth." 

ANDY DEVINE: Played in "A Star Is 
Born" and "Romeo and Juliet." 

MARY FORBES: Played in "Stage Door" 
and "The Awful Truth." 

RALPH FORBES: Played in "Romeo and 
Juliet" and "Stage Door." 

CEDRIC GIBBONS: Was art director for 
"The Good Earth" and "Romeo and 

Good Earth" and "Captains Courage- 

WILLIAM HAMILTON: Film editor of 
"Stage Door" and "Winterset." 

HEINZ HERALD: Co-author of "The Life 
of Emile Zola" and collaborated on 
the screenplay. 

GEZA HERCZEG: Co-author of "The Life 
of Emile Zola" and collaborated on 
the screenplay. 

GEORGE HUMBERT: Played in "Dead 
End" and "Winterset." 

TALBOT JENNINGS: Wrote the screen- 
play for "Romeo and Juliet" and 
collaborated on the screenplay of 
"The Good Earth." 

MARGO: Played in "Lost Horizon" and 

LEO McCAREY: Producer of "Lost Hori- 
zon" and "The Awful Truth." 

ADOLPHE MENJOU: Played in "A Star 
Is Born" and "Stage Door." 

PAUL MUNI: Starred in the two pic- 
tures receiving the most votes in 
THE FILM DAILY'S poll,— "The Life 
of Emile Zola" and "The Good Earth." 

Star Is Born" and "Stage Door." 

MORRIS STOLOFF: Musical director of 
"Lost Horizon" and "The Awful 

sical score of "The Good Earth" and 
"Romeo and Juliet." 

JOSEPH WALKER: Cameraman on both 
"Lost Horizon" and "The Awful 

ROBERT WARWICK: Played in "The 
Life of Emile Zola," "Romeo and 
Juliet" and "The Awful Truth." 

Star Is Born" and was co-author. 


Art Is Long! 

Cedric Gibbons, M-G-M art director, 
added two more notches to his creative 
guns when the 531 ballots were all 
counted in THE FILM DAILY'S poll of 
the Ten Best Pictures of 1937. Credited 
with art direction of "The Good Earth" 
and "Romeo and Juliet," Cibbons added 
to his already unique record. Since 
1928. Gibbons has handled the art end 
of 27 films which have made the 
Ten Best lists! 

the 1937 local polls. Several noted 
that the response ran from 100 to 
200 per cent ahead of that prevail- 
ing for contests conducted by various 
other departments of the papers. 

Awards offered by newspapers 
varied widely, both as to nature and 
total. Season courtesy cards to the- 
aters and cash prizes were in the 
majority; the Bridgeport Herald is 
awarding its No. 1 winner an all- 
expense two-day trip to New York; 
another paper is presenting a mo- 
tion picture camera and other costly 

In numerous instances, motion pic- 
ture editors call attention to the fact 
that their local polls themselves have 
developed wide followings. Leo Mil- 
ler of the Bridgeport Herald wrote: 

"Every city and town in Connec- 
ticut, as well as outside communities 
from Lewiston, Me., to Lexington, 
Ky., were represented by ballots in 
this year's poll." State-wide re- 
sponse was acknowledged by Will 
Baltin of the New Brunswick Home 
News-Times, and others. 

In practically every city, parti- 
cipating newspapers enlisted the co- 
operation of alert exhibitors, with 

the tieups in spots being extended to 
radio stations. For instance, the 
winner in Madison, Wis., will broad- 
cast. Madison exhibs went to town 
in the providing of awards for the 
Capital Times contest, making avail- 
able no less than 500 courtesy ad- 

All newspapers gave the national 
and local contests heavy promotional 
and exploitation campaigns. Among 
those received thus far, campaigns 
of the Buffalo Courier Express, 
Louisville Courier Journal, Detroit 
Free Press, Bridgeport Herald and 
Minneapolis Journal were particu- 
larly elaborate. 

Among the motion picture editors 
to find an effective new slant for 
a local contest was James A. Pooler 
of the Detroit Free Press. The Free 
Press raised the question whether 
men or women were the best judges 
of film values, offered awards for 
the best picker in each division, and 
stimulated husband versus wife de- 

"Judging from the difference in 
family selections, there were some 
lovely domestic feuds," Pooler 

When The March of Time's simu- 
lators of famed news voices go on 
the air at 8:30 (EST) over the NBC 
Blue Network tonight, they will turn 
their attention to the 1937 "Ten 
Best" Pictures, selected by 523 U. S. 
film critics in the 16th annual poll 
conducted by The Film Daily. The 
March of Time cast will reenact 
scenes from these pictures, faith- 
fully simulating the voices of stars 
in their portrayals of leading roles 
in the best films Hollywood has re- 
leased during the past year. 

Following their customary course 
of action to secure accuracy and 
verisimilitude, The March of Time 
editors, directors and actors spent 
several hours Monday night viewing 
thousands of feet of film from the 
ten best pictures, and by 2:15 Tues- 
day morning had determined which 
scenes were most memorable and 
which actors of The March of Time 
company could best reenact them. 

Bill Johnstone, impersonator of 
the Duke of Windsor, was cast in 
the role of the 200-year-old High 
Lama in "Lost Horizon", with Ted 
de Corsia (Mussolini) simulating the 
part played by Ronald Colman. Cy- 
rilla Dome, who talks and looks 
like Janet Gaynor, will do the title 
role in a scene from "A Star is 
Born", and Dwight Weist (Hitler) 
will play Fredric March. Jeanette 
Nolan will play Norma Shearer and 
Alfred Shirley will impersonate Log- 
lie Howard in "Romeo and Juliet". 

Sixteen-year-old Nancy Kelly, a 
former March of Time actress who 
is currently playing Blossom, the 
second lead in Rachel Crothers' 
successful play "Susan and God", 
will return to The March of Time 
tonight to play Freddie Bartholomew 
in "Captains Courageous". Miss 
Kelly will wear her make-up to the 
broadcast and immediately after do- 
ing her part at 8:35, will quit the 
studio and rush back to the theater 
in time to make her entrance on- 
stage at 8:55 — while The March of 
Time is still on the air. 

Quality vs. Quantity 

That 1937 production budget rises in 
Hollywood were responsible for features 
of considerably higher quality than 
those made there in 1936 is indicated 
by statistics for the two production 
years and subsequent comparison with 
figures resulting from THE FILM 
DAILY'S Ten Best Pictures polls for 
these years. Although close to 100 
less features were made in 1937 than 
in 1936, the Honor Roll of the Ten 
Best polls registered 47 features for 
1937 as against only 44 for 1936. 





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Claudette CO LBERT- Charles BOYER 

in "TOVARICH"with 

Carnovsky • Victor Kilian • An ANATOLE LITVAK 
Prod'n • Screen Play by Casey Robinson • Adapted from the Play by 
Jacques Deval • English Version by Robert E. Sherwood • Music by Max Steiner 





. . . As The Sears Drive Sweeps On! 


: ^ ,f \ DAILY 

Thursday, Jan. 6, 1938! 


(Continued from Page 1) 

being' made by editors who printed 
Associated Press photos, purchased 
from Universal, of bombs exploding 
in the river. 

During the confusion of a hectic, 
split-second, last-minute editing 
schedule, the missing roll was by 
mistake put aboard the S.S. New 
York which sailed midnight of the 
night Universal's "Bombing of the 
U.S.S. Panay" was being put to- 
gether, a Universal spokesman ex- 
plained. Editing was done in two 
projection rooms, it was said, with 
Associated Press execs claiming neg- 
atives they required. In the heat of 
production rush it was not noticed 
that the roll was left out, according 
to a Universal executive. 

Error was discovered too late for 
the vanished 100-foot clip to be used, 
it was declared. England will prob- 
ably see the scenes. 

reviews of nEiu nuns 


Oklahoma City — "Universal's 
memorable motion picture story of 
the sinking of the Panay may not 
have been officially censored by 
Washington but it certainly has been 
cut", stated Walter Harrison, man- 1 
aging editor of the Oklahoma City 
Times in an editorial in that paper. 

"We printed stills showing bombs 
exploding in the water near the 
stricken boat and other passion-pro- ! 
voking views that were not in the | 
reels flashed at the Liberty. It is 
barely possible that some of the ac- 
tion in Norman Alley's footage was 
eliminated to hold the show down to 
30 minutes, but every news sense 
tells me that every foot of that 
episode was packed with intense hu- 
man interest. I'm not critical if the 
stuff was edited to hold war hys- 
teria down, but there are a lot of 
folks who would like to know when 
a censorship is working and how it 

Universal Newsreel Not 

Cancelled by Warners 

Universal and Warner executives 
joined yesterday in denying reports, 
published elsewhere, to the effect 
that Warner's theater department 
had cancelled Universal's Newsreel 
because of a difference of opinion 
over terms sought on the Panay spe- 
cial. Cancellation action had been 
attributed in the published report to 
Joseph Bernhard. 

"Stimme des Blutes" 

with Albert Matterstock, Anneliese Uhlig, 

Attila Hoerbiger 
American Tobis Films 94 mins. 


This new German pix is one of the best 
that have come from that country in some 
time. It has a capable cast and an in- 
teresting story that has been deftly han- 
dled by director Carmine Gallone. The 
story deals with a conflict between two 
brothers who are trapeze artists, and it 
never deviates at any time from its circus 
background. Albert Matterstock and Attila 
Hoerbiger in the brother roles are excel- 
lent. Anneliese Uhlig is attractive and 
capable. Carmine Gallone deserves a lot 
of credit for his deft handling of the story, 
as he keeps the picture moving at all times 
and never allows the tense feeling of the 
story to weaken. The picture opens when 
Hoerbiger is eloping with his brother's wife, 
She is killed, and Matterstock never for- 
gives him, although they resume their 
trapeze act as partners. Miss Uhlig joins 
the circus as a stunt artist and Matterstock 
falls in love with her. Otto Wernicke, 
Miss Uhlig's father, who has forced her to 
do her dangerous act, is killed, and Hoer- 
biger confesses as he thinks his brother or 
his fiancee have done it. The mytery is 
cleared up and everything is straightened 
out, with the two brothers once again more 
than partners. 

CAST: Albert Matterstock, Attila Hoer- 
biger, Anneliese Uhlig, Otto Wernicke, Lu- 
cie Hoeflich, Fita Benkhoff, Anton Imkamp, 
Franz Pfaudler, Friedl Haerlin, Alfred 

CREDITS: A Tobis Film Production; Di- 
rector, Carmine Gallone. Presented at the 
Casino Theater with German dialogue and 
complete English titles. 



"Sweet Shoe" 

(Nu-Atlas Musicals) 

RKO Radio 11 mins. 

Classy Musical Novelty 

Featuring Rio Rita and her girl 
band, who work in a very ritzy set- 
ting, and do some hot melodies with 
Rita dancing. Several feature acts 
are introduced. The first — The Four 
Norsemen, a strong male quartet. 
Then come the Four Specs, a colored 
aggregation who do some amazing 
stepping. The finale has Rita doing 
her original dancing steps in combi- 
nation with Anita Jacobi, acrobatic 
tap dancer. The two girls put on a 
fine dance spectacle, with plenty of 
class and pep. 


"Unusual Occupations" 

Paramount 10 mins. 

Interesting Variety 

A selection of subjects covering 
unusual jobs and the colorful char- 
acters who handle them. A lady 
who fashions gowns out of rattle- 
snakes that she captures. There is 
a community circus, with all the 
performers being just plain citizens 
of the town. There is a unique in- 
terview with the operator of a one- 
man railroad. An artist who moulds 
caricatures from pieces of toast. A 
view of professional British tea 
tasters at their stint. Done in Cine- 

Only One Detroit Downtown 
Theater In Dark Column 

Camera! Action! 

Boston — Cecil B. DeMille is scheduled 
to visit Boston on Jan. 18 and the 
amateur cameraman who snaps the most 
unusual picture of him that day will 
receive a free trip to Hollywood ac- 
cording to Harry Browning, M & P 
publicity director. 

Film Executives Attend 

Richards-Clay Nuptials 

New Orleans — The marriage of 
Louella Richards, daughter of E. V. 
Richards, partner in the Paramount- 
Richards Corporation and head of 
the Saenger Theaters Corp., to Roger 
Elwood Clay, son of a prominent 
cotton family, was solemnized at the 
Country Club here Tuesday night. 

Among prominent film men who 
arrived for the ceremony were: Ned 
Depinet, Jules Levy, Herb Mclntyre, 
Saul Gordon (Jefferson Amusement 
Co.), W. J. Underwood, Karl Hob- 
litzelle, Bob O'Donnell, Buddy Har- 
ris, Charles Kessenich, Judge Pinan- 
sky, Sam Pinansky, Marty Mullen 
of Boston, Paul Short, Oscar For- 
man, Y. Frank Freeman, Marty Got- 
harp, Bob Jenkins, Claude Lee. 

Detroit — Lipton Astrachan, for- 
mer Far Eastern manager for Uni- 
versal Pictures, and lately of Chi- 
cago, has reopened the Downtown 
Theater, with a popular-priced re- 
vival policy. 

Only one closed theater, the Laf- 
ayette, now remains in the Down- 
town district, with plans for its re- 
opening now being completed. 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The State Depart- 
ment may complete and release for 
publication its notice of intention to 
negotiate the trade agreement with 
Great Britain tonight, a 
departmental spokesman f^jSjsed 
The Film Daily last night. V^Jtter 
confirmed reports that numerous 
"interesting suggestions" had been 
confidentially received from motion 
picture interests who hope pending 
treaty will serve to solve British 
quota film difficulties. 

If public notice of intention is not 
released by tonight it will 
definitely be available the first of 
next week, it was learned yesterday. 

The formal notice will represent 
a second step in the negotiation of 
the Anglo-American trade pact, most 
significant of the Roosevelt-Hull 
trade treaty program and fraught 
with greatest interest to film indus- 
try. The first step came in Novem- 
ber with announcement of "depart- 
ment's contemplation" to negotiate 
with Great Britain. 

9 In Work at WB 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Burbank, Cal. — The Warner Bros. 
studios have nine pictures in work, 
maintaining rapid production pace 
in order to complete the 1937-38 
schedule by Spring. Seventeen more 
are completed, and awaiting release 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Evelyn Keyes, the 
Atlnnta, Ga., actress under contract y 
to Cecil B. DeMille, is ill with diph- I 
theria in her home here. 

Indianapolis, Ind. — Estelle Nale, 
secretary to Roy Churchill, RKO 
manager, is confined to the Metho- 
dist Hospital after a tonsilectomy. 

Ampa to Hold Closed 

Membership Meeting 

In response to numerous requests 
by members, there will be a closed 
meeting of Ampa at the Inter- 
tional Casino today. Only members 
in good standing will be privileged 
to attend. Several factions have re- 
quested an opportunity to voice com- 
ments on recent measures of the or- 
ganization, and the officers are turn- 
ing this meeting over to these 

232 Day-Date Openings 

for "Hollywood Hotel" 

"Hollywood Hotel," Warner mus- 
ical starring Dick Powell, is set to 
open day and date in 232 situations 
on Jan. 15. 

Fredric March was yesterday dis- 
charged from Doctors' Hospital 
where he underwent an operation 
for a slight infection of a leg. 

Oklahoma City — Mary O'Donnell, 
secretary to L. C. Griffith, president 
Griffith Amusement Co., is ill. 

Budapest (By Cable) — Paul Muni. 
American film «tar, has entered a 
sanitorium here, following a slight 
attack of tonsilitis. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Los Angeles — Mitchell Leisen, 
film director, is ill at his home here 
following a heart attack which he 
suffered last Sunday. 

Phoenix, Ariz. — Frederick Hazlitt 
Brennan, writer, who was seriously 
injured in an automobile accident 
here last week, is reported as being 
greatly improved. 







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"A model of discretion, yet a robust piece of entertain- 
ment, displaying Miss West's unmatched gifts lux- 
uriantly. . . should fare very well." — Daily Variety 

The most lavish production Mae West has had to 
date. The type of portrayal that first brought her 
fame... with a distinctive cast." — Hollywood Reporter 

"A rattling good picture, from start to finish a real 
piece of entertainment. It gives us the Mae West 
that audiences want. A production on a lavish scale. 

— National Box-Office Digest 

"A most enjoyable piece of entertainment, one that 
should play to very good box-office returns. A 
splendid cast of comedians." — Film Daily 

"Censor- proof, club-women proof. Should have a 
grand effect at the box-office. Intensely saleable. 

— National Bulletin 

Thursday, Jan. 6, 1938 




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"Bringing Up Baby" Spreads 

adio's new ' comedy vehicle 
for"~'-£atharine Hepburn, is being 
made with such elaborate exterior 
sets that four studios are being 
used in addition to the home lot on 
Gower Street. Scenes have already 
been taken for this picture at the 
Fox, Selznick, Schulberg and Co- 
lumbia studios. 

Fourth Son to Crosbys 

Bing Crosby's fourth son was 
born yesterday to Mrs. Dixie Lee 
Crosby in Cedars of Lebanon Hos- 
pital. Baby, six pounds and five 
ounces, will have as playmates Gary 
Evans Crosby, 4, and Philip and 
Dennis Crosby, two-year-old twins. 

T T T 

Sign Family to Get Star 

Though she is portraying the 
feminine lead in one of its more im- 
portant productions, Paramount has 
yet to see its latest star. Not one 
executive in Hollywood has heard 
her voice or seen a photograph of 

She is Suratna Asmara, now enact- 
ing the leading feminine role in 
"Booloo" in the Malayan jungles, 400 
miles from Singapore. 

In order to get her name on a con- 
tract, Clyde Elliott, producer-direc- 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 183 • • • 

XA/ALTER LANG. Twentieth Century-Fox director. Although Lang has the 
~ * "Continental manner," because of his extensive travel abroad, he wai 

born in Memphis, Tenn., and comes of a long line of American forebears. 

He is an artist of rare ability and studied design and composition in the finait 

art schools, here and abroad. He was a star track and football man at 
the University of Tennessee. His career as a 
painter and illustrator was interrupted by the 
war. After the Armistice he spent several years 
abroad, directing and appearing in plays. His 
painting and sketching tours took him to every 
country in the world, excepting India and Rus- 
sia. He came to Hollywood 12 years ago and 
his first important feature as a director was 
"No More Orchids," starring Carole Lombard. 
He directed "The Mighty Barnum" for Darryl 
F. Zanuck at 20th Century. He also directed 
"Wife, Doctor and Nurse," "Love Before Break- 
fast" and "Second Honeymoon." Stands 6, 1. 
Eyes, brown. Hair, black. 

tor, was compelled to sign her entire 
family, numbering 30 men and wo- 
men. All are working in the picture 
and receiving a collective wage. 

T T T 

Flying Down to Rio 

Leaving early next month, James 
Kelvin McGuinness, Metro producer, 
will make a flying trip to Rio de 
Janeiro to attend the auction of a 
large stable of South America's 

finest race horses. McGuinness plans 
the building of a breeding farm on 
his large ranch north of Reseda. 

Y ▼ T 

Loretta Young to Star 

Loretta Young will play the fem- 
inine stellar lead in "Four Men 
And A Prayer," which 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox will put into production 
Jan. 17. John Ford will be in 
charge of the picture. Kenneth 

Macgowan will supervise. The film 
is based upon a story by David 

It's "Double Danger" 

RKO has changed the title of 
Maury Cohen's picture, "The Per- 
fect Alibi" to "Double Danger." 
Preston Foster and Whitney Bourne 
play the leads in this picture. 

T T V 

Caught on the Run 

Our Passing Show: William Gar- 
gan, Frank McDonald, Louise Ho- 
vick, Goodee Montgomery, Conway 
Tearle, Robert Lord, Ralph Bellamy, 
John Wexley, Frank Tours, H. Ole- 
nick, Leo Tyson, Phil Friedman, Olin 
Howland, M. Sperber at "Yes, My 
Darling Daughter". 

T T » 

In "Cocoanut Grove" 

Harry Owens and his orchestra 
has been set for the Paramount pic- 
ture "Cocoanut Grove" soon to go 
into production. MCA set the deal. 

Rivkin With Batchelor 

Joe Rivkin has left Columbia 
where he was talent head to join 
Walter Batchelor. The firm will be 
known as Walter Batchelor-Joe Riv- 
kin Company. Besides players the 
firm handles writers and radio tal- 
ent. Arch Selwyn is also associated 
with the organization. 

Industry Census Forms 

to be Mailed Jan. 25 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The Biennial Census 
of Manufactures, covering the cal- 
endar year 1937, gets under way on 
Jan. 25, when schedules will be 
mailed to manufacturers throughout 
the country, it was announced yes- 
terday by Director William L. Aus- 
tin of the Bureau of Census, Depart- 
ment of Commerce. The census will 
cover all manufacturing establish- 
ments in the United States making 
products valued at $5,000 or more 
during 1937. 





Although Glenn Morris, Olympic de- 
cathlon champion, plays the stellar 
role in "Tarzan's Revenge," he says 
but four words in the entire picture. — 

FCC Reports Great Demand 
for Television Frequencies 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — "There is a great de- 
mand for frequencies for Television 
broadcasting," declares Frank R. 
McNinch, FCC chairman, who yes- 
terday released the commission's 
third annual report for the fiscal 
year ended June 30 last. 

Because of progress in higher 
definition, McNinch states, television 
pictures of the detail now possible 
could not be successfully transmitted 
within the limits of the two lower 
frequency television bands of 2000- 
2100 kilocycles and 2750-2850 kilo- 

"Accordingly," McNinch adds, "af- 
ter considerable investigation, the 
higher band was deleted from tele- 
vision service and was made avail- 
able for police assignments. How- 
ever, the band of 2000-2100 kilo- 
cycles was retained for those desir- 
ing to carry on research work in the 
secondary or rural service area." 

Three television stations were ac- 
tive on this band at the close of the 
fiscal year. Since that time there 
has been a considerable increase. 
These stations are investigating the 
possibilities that rural listeners can 
be supplied with television pictures 
of necessarily less detail. The only 
available space where there is room 
for high definition television pic- 
tures is among the high frequencies 
(above 40,000 kilocycles), which, un- 

New Commerce Dept. "B" 
Schedule Affects Films 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — A revised edition of 
Schedule B, the statistical classifica- 
tion of domestic commodities ex- 
ported from the United States, be- 
came effective Jan. 1. Film industry 
exports are affected. 

Customs officers have been in- 
structed not to accept declarations 
which are not filled out on type- 
writer, in ink, or with indelible pen- 
cil, not to accept declarations unless 
all of the required information is 
shown in the appropriate spaces pro- 
vided, not to accept declarations 
which are obviously in error, and 
not to accept documents when the 
commodity details are not in accord 
with the revised edition of Schedule 

Copies of Schedule B should be 
secured from the Superintendent of 
Documents, Washington, D. C, or 
from any of the District Offices of 
the Department of Commerce. 

Eighth for 1 "Beethoven" 

"The Life and Loves of Beetho- 
ven" enters the eighth week of its 
run at the 55th Street Playhouse, 
beginning tomorrow. 

der the present state of develop- 
ment, will not serve much beyond the 
limits of the average metropolitan 

Arce, S.O.S. Export Head, 
Off for West Indies Tour 

Arthur Arce, vice president and 
export manager of the S.O.S. Corp. 
New York, has sailed on the Coamo 
for Porto Rico to contact his com- 
pany's distributors and customers. 

Arce, one of the youngest men in 
the export field, is making a special 
study of theater equipment condi- 
tions in the West Indies. In addi- 
tion to Porto Rico, he plans to visit 
Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Re- 
public and Cuba. 

Roxanne In Shift 

Roxanne, formerly with Kass Thor- 
ner, has joined the Edythe Philips 
office in the RKO building as au- 
thors and artists' agent. 




Each year, nearly $500,000 worth of 
silver is recovered from the developer 
solutions at Hollywood studios after 
they have been used to process prints. 


Thursday, Jan. 6, 1933 


(Continued from Page 1) 

drich and Henry Donald Campbell of 
the Chase National Bank, and Sid- 
ney R. Kent, 20th-Fox prexy, was 
attended by a distinguished list of 
guests numbering 200 odd. 

The following executives from 
20th-Fox attended: Sidney R. Kent, 
Sydney Towell, Joseph Moskowitz, 
W. J. Eadie, Charles E. McCarthy, 
John D. Clark, Walter J. Hutchinson, 
Truman Talley, Joseph M. Schenck, 
Felix Jenkins and W. C. Michel. 
Spyros Skouras and Harry Goetz al- 
so attended. 

940 Theaters iVow? Operating in Belgium 

Brussels (By Cable) — First official film statistics, just issued by the Ministry of 
Finance, gives number of theaters open throughout the country at 940; receipts from 
taxes on amusements during the past year, 53,000,000 francs (about $1,850,000), of 
which 24,000,000 francs were from movies alone; attendance at picture theaters 
during the first quarter of the present year, 22,159,000. 

Leading Industry Figures 
at Opening of "Chicago" 

World premiere of 20th Century- 
Fox's "In Old Chicago", will be 
staged at the Astor theater tonight 
before an audience of celebs. Darryl 
F. Zanuck, 20th Century-Fox pro- 
duction chief who came East express- 
ly to attend the premiere, will be 
host to a party of 30 at the theater. 

Other prominent figures expected 
to be present are: Sidney R. Kent, 
Joseph M. Schenck, Sydney Towell, 
W. C. Michel, John D. Clark, Charles 
E. McCarthy, Harry Brand, Joseph 
Moskowitz, Franklyn Underwood, 
Joseph Pincus, Truman Talley, Will 
Hays, Sid Grauman, Jason S. Joy, 
Dan Michalove, Harry Brandt, W. G. 
Van Schmus, Harry Gbetz, George 
Schenck, Charles Moskowitz, Spyros 
Skouras, Charles Skouras, William 
Brandt, Al Suchman, Harry Shift- 
man, Sam Rinzler, Louis Frisch, 
Walter Reade, Sam Cocalis, Joseph 
Seider, Joseph Vogel, Eugene Picker, 
J. Robert Rubin Joel Levy, Ben 
Joel, Leon Netter, Louis Notarius, 
John O'Connor, Fred Meyers, Max 
Fellerman, Clayton Bond, Joe Bern- 
hard, Leonard Schlessinger, Louis 
Kaufman, Nat Fellman, Ed Hinchey, 
Walter Vincent, Harry Arthur, Irv- 
ing Lesser, Si Fabian, Eddie Grain- 
ger, Richard Kearney, Jack Shea, 
Frank Walker, John Nolan, Jack 
Cohn, Harry Buxbaum, Joe Lee, A. 
R. Bovd, Al Lewis, Si Seadler, 
Charles Blake, J. P. O'Loghlin. W. C. 
Gehring, W. J. Kupper, William 
Clark. W. J. Hutchinson, Ben Mig- 
gins, F. L. Harley, E. H. Collins, C. 

Lehman Asks Regulation 

of Outdoor Advertising 

Albany— Gov. Herbert H. Lehman 
in his message to the New York 
State Legislature yesterday urged 
enactment of legislation regulating- 
outdoor advertising and strengthen- 
ing of the law outlawing dog racing. 

Headlining the pix industry's main 
concern over the session is the pos- 
sibility that taxation measures may 
be spread through various businesses 
to defray the State's share of the 
relief costs. Talk of a general sales 
tax of 2 per cent is the main topic 
of conversation these days on Cap- 
itol Hill and running through the 
items is the persistent rumor that 
films may be taxed a mill per foot. 

A strong possibility exists that 
IATSE members will succeed in 
their efforts to enact an amendment 
to the licensing law requiring a full 
safety crew of picture machine op- 
erators in all projection rooms. 
While this applies to first class cities 
only, organized labor will make 
strong efforts to put the bill across. 

New Poughkeepsie House 

Poughkeepsie — The newly con- 
structed Juliet Theater will debut 
here tonight. The newest addition 
to the Paramount Publix circuit will 
be under the supervision of George 
Walsh. A number of New York 
film executives are expected for the 
gala opening. 

Lomba to be Assigned 

Edward F. Lomba, Kent drive 
leader for 20th-Fox in Ben Miggins' 
European division, arrives here to- 
day on the Washington. Lomba was 
formerly the managing director for 
the company in Spain. He will be 
assigned to a post in the home office 

Testimonial Luncheon to be 
Tendered Sobol on Jan. 14 

A committee of more than 300, 
representing every division of the 
amusement world of New York City, 
will sponsor a luncheon in honor of 
Louis Sobol, Broadway columnist, at 
the Hotel Astor, Friday, Jan. 14, it 
was announced yesterday by Ed 
Wynn, chairman of the luncheon 
committee. Sobol is one of the most 
active workers in the Amusement 
Division of the New York and Brook- 
lyn Federations of Jewish Charities. 

Among those serving with Wynn 
on the luncheon committee are: Jack 
Alicoate, publisher of The Film 
Daily and Radio Daily; Brooks At- 
kinson, Bugs Baer, Barney Balaban, 
Norman Bel Geddes, David Bern- 
stein, Sherman Billingsley, Maj. Ed- 
ward Bowes, William A. Brady, 
Jack Cohn, Ted Friend, Barney Gal- 
lant, Rube Goldberg, John Golden, 
Edwin Franko Goldman, Benny 
Goodman, Max Gordon, Sam H. Har- 
ris, Theresa Helburn, Harry Hersh- 
field, Leo Spitz, Maj. Albert Warner, 
Lee Shubert and Louis K. Sidney. 


Mount Vernon — Bob Wile, of 
Showman's Trade Review, will mar- 
ry Miss Eva Saxe of this city on 
Sunday. They will leave on Mon- 
day aboard the Pilsudski for a wed- 
ding cruise through the West In- 

New Haven, Conn. — Engagement 
of Mimi Gurien, of the Universal 
exchange staff, to Harry Sonn of 
New Rochelle, has been announced. 
The wedding will take place in 

Hake, Leslie Whalen, Irving Maas, 
Arch Reeve, Earl Wingart, J. Eadie, 
Alice Faye, Jean Hersholt, Ben Ber- 
nie, Ethel Merman, Gregory Ratoff, 
Bill Robinson, Winthrop W. Aldrich, 
William A. Brady, Max Gordon, 
Rudy Vallee, Mrs. Eddie Cantor, A. 
L. Berman, Jules Brulatour, Hope 
Hampton, and Donald Flamm. 

"In Old Chicago" Seats 

Selling 10 Weeks Ahead 

Advance sales for "In Old Chi- 
cago", 20th-Fox spectacle opening 
at the Astor tonight, hit the 10-week 
mark yesterday, with the box-office 
reporting that no picture playing 
there in the past has ever had a 
greater advance demand for tickets. 
A large agency buy was reported 
yesterday, with several of the larger 
New York ticket brokers booking 
large blocks of ducats. 

"Buccaneer's" Premiere 
to Have Hollywood Touch 

New Orleans — -A typical Holly- 
wood preview will mark the world 
premiere of "The Buccaneer" at the 
Saenger Theater tomorrow night. 
Lights, radio hook-ups and p. a.'s by 
Cecil B. De Mille and cast members 
will be features. Following the open- 
ing here, De Mille will screen "The 
Buccaneer" in one night previews 
in Atlanta on Jan. 12, Washington 
on the 13th, New York on the 17th 
and will then follow on consecutive 
days in Boston, Chicago and Kansas 

15 on Allied Cruise 

Approximately 15 members of Al- 
lied Theaters of New Jersey and 
their friends sailed yesterday on the 
Monarch of Bermuda for an eight- 
day Southern cruise. The party was 
made up mainly of those who were 
left behind on Dec. 16 when the 
Queen of Bermuda, scheduled to car- 
ry the voyagers, sailed without pas- 
sengers owing to a seamen's strike. 

To Open N. Y. Office 

Cavalcade Pictures, Inc., new dis- 
tributing organization which plans 
to set up 32 exchanges throughout 
the country to supply full-length 
documentary films, has announced 
offices at 17 East 45th St. Andrew 
Bryne, formerly partner of Signer 
and Bryne, producers of commer- 
cial films, declared that Techni- 
color will be widely used in produc- 


Employer's Guide to Labor Rela- 
tions, by Daniel Harris, A.B., L.L.B., 
and Jerome Daniel Goodmanfis .B., 
L.L.B. Published by EmpXj)} .r's 
Publications, Boston, Mass. 77 

This small book is a concise pres- 
entation of the authors' professional 
experience as employer's represen- 
tatives in handling labor problems, 
with analysis of the National Labor 
Relations Act, the Federal Anti- 
Injunction Act (Norris-LaGuardia 
Act), with a digest of the Massa- 
chusetts labor law, and with an ap- 
plication of the various legislative 
acts to the problems confronting 
employers in their relations with 
: labor. 

The authors' thesis is that strikes 
are harmful to labor as well as to 
employers and that capital should 
trade with labor; that in agree- 
ments with labor the employer 
should make demands which should 
be embodied in the agreements. 
Among these demands are: that the 
customary conduct and rules of 
business be strictly lived up to; that 
differences be arbitrated; that labor 
accept a measure of responsibility 
for the acts of its men and unions; 
that no strikes be called, no slow 
downs or sit downs be tolerated, 
since all matters in controversy 
should be left to arbitration; that 
the intelligent employer should take 
the lead in calling responsible lead- 
ers of collective bargaining groups 
into conference; that the ruling of 
the U. S. Supreme Court on the 
Labor Relations Act be embodied in 
all agreements; that no committees 
of strangers, and even of workers, 
should be permitted to function in 
the shops; that membership in 
unions should be voluntary, that 
there should be no intimidation or 
coercion by unions upon employes; 
and that the "check-off" should be 

Case experience under the opera- 
tion of the National Labor Rela- 
tions Act are cited and explained. 
While motion picture production is 
not specifically dealt with, cases 
cited in a number of instances can 
be applied to studios, and the rights 
of employers under the Act are ap- 
plicable to the producers of motion 
pictures. — L. H. M. 

Local 199 to Elect 

Detroit — Biennial election of of- 
ficers will be held Wednesday, Jan- 
uary 19, by Local 199, the projec- 
tionists' division of the IATSE. 

Premium Biz Soars 

Detroit — Premium business took a 
30 per cent or better jump in 1937, 
according to Arthur C. Robinson, head 
of Price Theater Premiums. More 

houses using premiums, and large num- 
ber of houses changing from one to 
two nights were the chief reasons, he 











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Samuel Goldwyn Reported Talking Deals With RKO 

Pickford, Fairbanks, Chaplin, 

Said Offering Sale of Stock 

to Floyd Odium 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Hollywood — Reports persisted 
here early today that Samuel Gold- 
wyn has held conferences with Floyd 
Odium of Atlas Corp. pertaining to 
the possibility that the former may 
either release through RKO Radio 
or become RKO production chief, 
filling the vacancy occasioned by the 
resignation in late 1937 of Samuel 
J. Briskin. 

It is also reported that Douglas 

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New Orleans — Neil Agnew, vice- 
pvesident in charge of distribution 
for Paramount pictures, in a train 
interview on route here for the 
premiere of "The Buccaneer" to- 
night, stated that Paramount's cur- 
rent production cost is well with- 
in the $30,000,000 budget announced 
for the current season. So far pro- 

(Continued on Page 8) 

"Zola" and "Good Earth" 
Run Close in Local Polls 

Warners' "The Life of Emile 
Zola", chosen by the nation's critics 
as the No. 1 picture of 1937 in the 
16th annual Film Daily poll, and 
Metro's "The Good Earth", runner 
up, ran virtually a neck and neck 
race in many of the simultaneous 

(Continued on Page 6) 

"10 Best" in Life 

Current issue of LIFE magazine, out 
today, devotes a full page to the re- 
sults of THE FILM DAILY'S 16th an- 
nual Ten Best Pictures poll. Scenes 
from the winning pictures in the na- 
tion-wide critical symposium appear on 
page 21. 


A Film Daily Gallery of Men Whose Activities 
Provided Industry Headlines 


By way of 
starting t h e 
year right, 
P a r a m ount's 
execs and 
theater part- 
ners converged 
on Los Angeles 
in January, and 
who should be 
the product 
c o n f e rence's 
gavel - wielder 
but this pro- 
duction mana- 
ger. When the last of the huddlers had 
headed homeward, he had something to 
say re cycles in picture making, to wit: 
While the Hollywood pendulum since 
the first of the year has been swinging 
in the direction of dramatic stories, there 
is a good chance that the story cycle will 
change in February. This was prophetic 
of the romantic features and musicals 
which were to come in 1937 from his 
company's studios. 

It was decid- 
edly apparent 
in 19 3 7, as 
M-G-M stories 
unfolded on 
the nation's 
screens that 
Mr. Rubin's eye 
for good cine- 
ma yarns had 
lost none of its 
quality and 
cunning, for he 
concentrates on 

this sphere of Leo's activities plus pick- 
ing out betimes the company's stars. 
His logic is also annually manifest as 
general counsel for M-G-M, for which he 
formulates many a profitable policy and 
guides many a step. It was not at all 
surprising to the industry, when, in late 
December, Nicholas M. Schenck urged 
Loew's stockholders to approve a per- 
sonal service profit-sharing contract for 
(Continued on Page 9) 

Scully, Fox, J. H. Seidelman Named 
Universal Pictures Vice-Presidents 

Major Circuits May Also 
Launch Mammoth Giveaway 

If the ITOA sponsors a series of 
monstrous giveaways in its mem- 
ber-theaters, major circuits will be 
forced to do likewise, it was in- 
dicated yesterday. The majors will 
be obliged to meet the competition 
not only with prize money equal to 
that offered by the ITOA houses 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Nate J. Blumberg, who assumed 
presidency of Universal with the 
new year, was elected a member of 
the boards of directors of both Uni- 
versal Pictures Company, Inc., and 
Universal Corp. yesterday at board 
meetings which also elected as vice- 
presidents William A. Scully, gen- 
eral sales manager, Matthew Fox, 
assistant to the president, and J. H. 
Seidelman, whose appointment as 
(Continued on Page 6) 

March of Time Broadcast, 

Press Give Industry 

Record Promotion 

With millions of motion picture 
and radio fans tuned in for the 
Coast-to-Coast broadcast, The March 
of Time's vivid re-enactment of out- 
standing scenes from the "Ten Best 
Pictures of 1937", as selected in the 
16th annual Film Daily poll, last 
night gave the industry its major 
promotional good will news "break" 
of the last 12 months. 

Dramatization went on the air at 
8:30 p.m. (EST) over the NBC Blue 
Network, and filled 12 minutes of the 

(Continued on Page 10) 


H. Kubo, representing a group of 
Japanese commercial interests, yes- 
terday met with representatives of 
the MPPDA in an effort to induce 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Kennedy, Envoy to London 

On Eve of Treaty Talks 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Preceding formal 
announcement of opening of trade 
treaty negotiations by Great Britain 

(Continued on Page 10) 

"Chicago" Hailed 

Brilliant, colorful, exciting — that 
sums up the de luxe world premiere 
of 20fh-Fox's "In Old Chicago" at the 
New York Astor last night. Inside 
the theater, a capacity invited audience, 
studded with "names," applauded Darryl 
Zanuck's epic spectacle. Outside, a 
crowd estimated at several thousand 
jammed the streets adjacent to the 
Astor to catch a glimpse of the celebs. 
Police line was broken briefly upon 
the arrival of Joseph M. Schenck, Alice 
Faye and Cregory Ratoff. Turn to 
"Along the Rialto," Page 6, for story 
of opening. Review of "In Old Chi- 
cago" appeared in THE FILM DAILY 
on Jan. 4.— BAHN. 


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WERTHEIMER, who came here for the open- j tlon - 
ing of "In Old Chicago," 20th-Fox pix, leave 
for the Coast tomorrow on the Century. They 
take the Chief out of Chicago. 

HARRY BRAND, 20th-Fox studio publicity 
head, flies to the Coast today. 

EDWARD L. ALPERSON, president of Grand 
National, left for the Coast yesterday by 

M. H. AYLESWORTH is expected back in 
New York today. 

NED E. DEPINET, RKO vice-president in 
charge of distribution, is expected to return 
to the home office today from New Orleans. 

WILLIAM PERLBERG, Columbia producer, 
has returned to the studio after a two-month 
vacation abroad. 

returns to the studio on Monday after a 
three-month vacation. 

FENTON, of the Italian ICI film company, are 
on their way to Italy aboard the Rex. 

ANATOLE LITVAK, noted director, leaves 
for the Coast next week to start work on a 
new Warner picture. 

EVELYN KEYES, Paramount player, left Hol- 
lywood yesterday for the opening of Para- 
mount's "The Buccaneer" in New Orleans to- 

HOPE HAMPTON leaves for the Coast next 
week to start work in a new Universal pic- 

JIMMY SAVO leaves for the Coast shortly 
to appear in a new pix. 

ARTHUR BORAN, Paramount screen mimic, 
goes to Florida next week for an engagement 
at the Cinema Casino Theater in Miami Beach. 

BENNY BAKER, Paramount comedian, left 
Hollywood yesterday for a P.A. tour. 

FRANK FACTOR is staying at the Warwick. 

STEVE HANNIGAN sails on the Santa Rosa 
today for a vacation cruise. 

HEINZ HERALD, Warner writer, leaves for 
New York in a few days on an extended 


A. H. KELLNER and G. LEVY, winners of 
M-G-M sales contest in recent Australian 
drive, arrive here Tuesday from the Coast. 


is staying at the Ritz 

Canadian Copyright Board 
Turns Down Rate Increase 

Newsreels Execs., Local 52 
Will Huddle Next Week 

Toronto — Final decision on the 
Canadian Performing Right So- 

Meeting of newsreels execs and 
officials of Local 52, studio and sound 

ciety's application to the Copyright technicians union, with Pat Casey, 
Appeal Board at Ottawa, as pub- major producers' labor contact, has 
lished in the latest issue of the Can- been postponed until Monday or 
ada Gazette, shows no increases j Tuesday of next week, Casey said 
have been granted. The CPRS had ' yesterday. They are to meet in 
applied for increases in tariffs on j Casey's office, 1600 Broadway, to dis- 
hotels, restaurants and broadcast- cuss contract terms. 

ing, but the society had sought no j _ ; 

increase in theater tariffs. Holds Chi. Bookie Law Illegal 

The copyright appeal board, in Chicago-Attorney General Otto 

fixing the schedule for 1938, re 
fused all increases, preferring to 
abide by the recommendations made 
by Judge Parker, who investigated 
the whole question of fees in 1935. 
The CPRS is controlled jointly bv 
the ASCAP and the British Per- 
forming Right Society. 

Kerner yesterday held that Chi 
cago's new bookies ordinance is 
illegal. Because of the ruling, the 
city will lose $2,000,000 anticipated 

Ochs Replaces Mooney 

in WB Cleveland Post 

6i/ 4 

Cleveland — Milton Mooney, 19 
years with Vitagraph and First Na- 
tional, is succeeded as branch man- 
ager here by Herbert Ochs. Other 
changes, effective immediately, are 
Larry Kreuser, Atlanta booker, to 
succeed James Mooney and the res- 
ignation of F. H. Hathaway, sales 

Trans-Lux After Hub 

The Boston theater for which 
Trans-Lux is negotiating for a news- 
reel house is the Hub, now operated 
by Loew's, it was learned yesterday. 
Loew's recently acquired the Hub, 
formerly known as the Park, and is 
operating it as a first run theater. 

N. Y. Chain Store Tax Bill 
Does Not Affect Movies 

Albany, N. Y.— The Schwartzwald 
Chain Store Tax Bill, which was 
introduced in the Senate yesterday, 
does not affect motion picture the- 
aters, a study of the measure re- 

"Hurricane's" Distinction 

Allentown, Pa. — For the first time 
in the history of the Colonial The- 
ater here, a picture will be held over 
a full second week when Samuel 
Goldwyn's "The Hurricane" begins 
its holdover today. Showing with- 
out the advantage of Sunday shows, 
because of State laws, the film was 
a triple record breaker, lowering the 
opening day, holdover and first week 
box office marks. 

"U" Pfd. Up 71/2 Points 

Industry stocks in general moved 
upward fractionally yesterday, with 
Universal preferred showing an ad- 
vance of 7% points, largest of the 
day in the industry group. 

Alperson Flies to Coast 

Edward L. Alperson, Grand Na- 
tional prexy, left yesterday by plane 
for the Coast following a four-day 
series of conferences with Edward 
A. Peskay and financial interests. 

N. W. Allied Meets Jan. 31 

Minneapolis — Northwest Allied 
convention has been set for Jan. 31 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Confirmation of 
The Film Daily's exclusive report 
that the Pettengill block-booking 
bill is apparently "dying a na£vral 
death" for this Congress, cajj^Tn 
a statement from California's cBur- 
man Lea of the House Interstate 
and Foreign Commerce Committee, 
before which the measure is tech- 
nically pending. 

"It is highly improbable that our 
committee can go into the block- 
booking question this session," 
Chairman Lea declared. "Our cal- 
endar is already crowded with work 
we already have mapped out re- 
quiring utmost consideration." 

Columbia to Give $50,000 
In Prizes in Sales Drive 

Total of $50,000, largest amount 
ever appropriated by Columbia for 
its sales and billings drives, is to 
be distributed among branch em- 
ployees of sales dept., according to 
Jack Cohn, Columbia vice-president, 
in connection with the "Montague 
Sales and Billing Campaign" which 
begins Jan. 15. 

Participation is to be based on 
increase over last year's perform- 
ance in "Montague Sweepstakes," it 
was said, with detailed remunera- 
tion plan to be announced next 

Kay Brown Gets Aide 

Elsa Newburger has been appoint- 
ed assistant to Kay Brown, Selznick 
International story head, it was an- 
nounced yesterday. Miss Newburger 
was formerly assistant to Charlie 
Beahan in the Universal story de- 



Pick up your phone 

and express the 
preference of dis- 
criminating advertis- 
ers who appreciate 
fine craftsmanship. 



Telephone COIumbuj 5-6741 



WARNERS ARE FIRST AGAIN. Exhibs will find an exploi- 
tation field as big and timely as 'Alcatraz' in release of latest 
up-to-minute news dramatization, 'Girls On Probation'. 


at Hollywood and Downtown theatres is latest 
record to be annexed by famed Colbert - Boyer 
starrer, Tovarich'. Meanwhile, all-week, block-long 
lines at Radio City Music Hall add N.Y. to film's new- 
est holdovers, Denver, Frisco, Baltimore, Toronto.* 


that 'The Invisible Menace' will more than live up 
to the reputation of previous Boris Karloff chillers 
as main cause of sleepless nights throughout land. * 


Filming of enormous joust scene [above) 
marks grand finale to 143 days of con- 
secutive shooting for Errol Flynn, Olivia 
de Havilland and cast of 3872, and sends 
Warners' Technicolor 'Adventures of 
Robin Hood' to the cutting room to 
be readied for early Spring delivery. 


to be exact, audiences everywhere will 
rejoice at robust comedy of Warners' 
elaborate follow-up, 'Swing Your Lady'. 
Champ chuckle-cast includes Humphrey 
Bogart, Frank McHugh, Louise Fazenda, 
plus hill billy hilarians Weaver Bros, 
and Elviry, on screen for first time. 

*A Warner Bros. Picture °A First National Picture Vitagraph, Inc., Distributors 


Voted the Best 

Motion Picture 0/1937 

in the National Critics Poll 

Conducted by Film Daily 


Emile Zola Paul Muni 

Capt. Alfred Dreyfus . . . Joseph Schildkraut 

Lucie Dreyfus Gale Sondergaard 

Alexandrine Zola Gloria Holden 

Maitre Labori Donald Crisp 

Nana Erin O'Brien Moore 

Col. Picquart . Henry O'Neill 

Anatole France Morris Carnovsky 

Major Don ........ Louis Calhern 

Cezanne Vladimir SokolofT 

Charpentier John Litd 

Pierre Dreyfus Dickie Moore 

Major Henry . Robert Warwick 

Major Walsin-Esterhazy • • • Robert Barrat 

M. Cavaignac Montagu Love 

Georges Clemenceau .... Grant Mitchell 

]eanne Dreyfus Rolla Gourvitch 

MatKieu Dreyfus . . . . . . Frank Mayo 

Larue Ferdinand Gottschalk 

Violet Richards Marcia Mae Jones 

Minister of War Gilbert Emery 

Chief of Staff Harry Davenport 

Asst. Chief of Staff Paul Everton 

Commander of Paris .... Ralph Morgan 
Commander of Paris .... Holmes Herbert 

General Gillian Robert Cummings 

Col. Sandherr Walter Kingsford 

Col. von Schwatzkoppfen . William von Brincken 

Bruclcer Egon Brecher 


Director, William Dieterle 


Screen Play, Norman Reilly Raine, 

Heinz Herald and Geza Herczeg 

Story, Heinz Herald and Geza Herczeg 

Music, Max Steiner 

Orchestra, Leo Forbstein 

Associate Producer, Henry Blanke 

Asst. Director, Russ Saunders 

Photographer, Tony Gaudio 

Film Editor, Warren Lowe 

Art Director, Anton Grot 

Unit Manager, Al Alborn 


Jack L. Warner 

Vice-President in Charge of Production 


Associate Executive in Charge of Production 



: W^V DAILY ; 

Friday, Jan. 7, 1938 


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general manager of foreign sales 
was announced at the same time. 

Ottavio Prochet, now a member of 
the voting trust and member of Uni- 
versal Corp. board, was elected mem- 
ber of Universal Pictures Co., Inc., 
board, it was announced. 

Seidelman, who has signed a long- 
term contract with Universal, is ex- 
pected to assume his duties on Feb. 
25, date of expiration of his present 
contract as foreign sales chief of 
Columbia. Gustave Schaefer, at 
present Universal export manager, 
is expected to continue his duties in 
association with Seidelman, Blum- 
berg told The Film Daily. 

Seidelman was employed by Para- 
mount as Albany branch manager 
in 1919, and became vice-president 
in charge of that company's foreign 
activities shortly after. He left 
Paramount in 1933 to join Columbia 
in his present post. 

No successor to Seidelman at Co- 
lumbia has been considered by offi- 
cials, it was said yesterday. 

Major Circuits May Also 
Launch Mammoth Giveaway 

{Continued from Page 1) 

but with an amount larger than 
will be given by the independents. 

An authoritative source said yes- 
terday that outside interests may 
throw an obstacle in the path of 
ITOA's efforts to launch the big 
cash giveaway. It is understood 
that the telephone company does 
not look favorably on the plan, in- 
asmuch as it entails a theater-to- 
theater hookup, the addition of 40 
or 50 operators who have to be 
coached in the intercommunicating 
system and that the revenue derived 
is not sufficient to warrant the ex- 

In some circles, it is believed that 
the scramble for big money prizes 
finally will result in an agreement 
to eliminate theater games alto- 
gether in New York City. Appar- 
ently, that is the goal of Loew's, 
RKO and the independents but for 
various reasons they have not been 
able to get together on a uniform 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 

the following on their birthday: 


Adolph Zukor 

Kenneth Thomson 

Ernest L. Robbins 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • TALK ABOUT your swanky openings that given 20th 

Century-Fox's "In Old Chicago" at the Astor Theater last night 

was precisely that seldom if indeed ever before was 

there such a turnout of the elite and creme de la creme 

of Broadway and Hollywood and those gentlemen who fre- 
quent the Union Club to welcome a studio epic it was 

essentially a white tie audience and the steady flow of arrivals 

was punctuated by ohs and ahs and flood lights 

and flash bulbs and attempts by Commissioner Valentine's 

finest to hold back the crowds 

T T T 

• « • AND SPEAKING of swank and such we hear 

from our Operator K9 that it was much in evidence the 

other night when Darryl Zanuck was feted at the Union 

Club, no less by Winthrop W. Aldrich, Chase National 

board head and H. Donald Campbell trade paper 

muggs were not invited but our Operator K9 knows how 

to put on the dog and did pretty well he reports that 

Mister Aldrich paid a glowing and very human tribute 

to 20th-Fox's studio head hailing him as "not only a 

producer of great genius" but also as "an athlete, a 

sportsman a happily married father of three charming 

children" and further noting that "in all his career 

he has set a shining example for the entire motion picture 

industry" around the board alert to hear were finan- 
cial and industry leaders again much in evidence last night 

at the Astor 

T ▼ T 

• • • GETTING BACK to last night's premiere itself the 

formalities centered in the Astor lobby where the celebs 

having finally passed through the dense throng were escorted 

to WHN's mike Will Hays was the first to be presented over 

the air He was followed by Sidney R. Kent and a procession of 

company execs, and stars Bee Lillie posed with John D. Clark. 

20th-Fox's smiling sales chief Ben Bernie had his inevitable cigar 

and so forth .... and so on 

T T T 

• • • ARRIVAL OF Joseph M. Schenck, Alice Faye and 

Gregory Ratoff saw the crowd surging into the lobby 

breaking the police lines but the only casual was one cop- 
per whose foot was stepped upon by another copper's foot 

enough "names" present to fill an industry and financial 

"Who's Who" among them Winthrop W. Aldrich H. 

Donald Campbell Jules Brulatour Harry Brand 

Truman Talley Sid Grauman C. C. Moskowitz J. 

Robert Rubin Walter Vincent Jack Cohn Walter 

J. Hutchinson Harry Goetz Spyros Skouras 

Joseph Bernhard according to the 20th-Fox announcement. 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • THOSE DRAMATIC aspirants among Warner home 

office employes are readying "Three-Cornered Moon" 

for presentation Jan. 21 at the home office club rooms 

Dancing will follow the performance We'll be seein' yah. 

... • Monogram is tendering a reception to Jackie Cooper 

in the Perroquet suite at the Waldorf-Astoria at 4:30 o'clock 

this afternoon Incidentally, "Boy of the Streets" in which 

Jackie stars gets a third week at the Fulton Theater, Pittsburgh. 

« « « 

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local polls, reports from co-operating 
newspapers last night disclosed. 

Voting in local polls hit an all-time 
high, additional motion picture edi- 
tors stated in telegrams received 
yesterday, following the clofijpof 
their contests. It was indicatedrnat 
results in some cities will not be 
available until next week. 

Results of local polls available last 
night follow: 

"The Good Earth", "Captains Cour- 
ageous", "The Life of Emile Zola", 
"A Star is Born", "Romeo and Ju- 
liet", "Lost Horizon", "Lloyds of 
London", "Stage Door", "Maytime", 
"The Awful Truth". 

"The Good Earth", "Lost Horizon", 
"Heidi", "Romeo and Juliet", "100 
Men and a Girl," "A Star is Born," 
"Captains Courageous", "Maytime", 
"The Life of Emile Zola", "Camille". 

DISPATCH: "The Life of Emile Zo- 
la", "The Good Earth", "Captains 
Courageous", "A Star is Born", "Lost 
Horizon", "Dead End", "Stella Dal- 
las", "Prisoner of Zenda", "Stage 
Door", "Maytime". 

"The Good Earth", "The Life of Emile 
Zola", "Captains Courageous", "Lost 
Horizon", "A Star is Born", "Dead 
End", "The Awful Truth", "Stella 
Dallas". "Stage Door", "Camille". 

NAL: "The Good Earth", "The Life 
of Emile Zola", "A Star is Born", 
"Captains Courageous", "Dead End", 
"Stella Dallas", "Stage Door", "Ro- 
meo and Juliet", 'The Awful Truth" 
and "Maytime". 

Additional returns from local polls 
will appear in subsequent issues of 
The Film Daily. 

DeMille's Daughter to Wed 

New Orleans — Cecil B. DeMille, 
here for the premiere of "The Buc- 
caneer," announced yesterday that 
his daughter, Cecilia, would be mar- 
ried shortly to Joseph W. Harper, 
in Kansas City. Harper is a mem- 
ber of the publishing firm of Harp- 
er Bros. 

"Spanish Earth" in Philly 

Garrison Film announces that 
"Spanish Earth" will open today at 
the Europa Theater, Philadelphia, 
for an extended run. 


Charles Mast 

Fair Haven, N. J. — Funeral ser- 
vices were held here for Charles 
Mast, 58, for several years stage 
manager for Florenz Ziegfeld. Mast 
was killed Tuesday when his car 
was in collision with another near 
his home. 



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Fairbanks, Charles Chaplin and 
Mary Pickford have approached 
Odium to buy their interest in 
United Artists, pointing out that 
UA has strong foreign distribution, 
in addition to owning a half inter- 
est in the Odeon Circuit of 300 the- 
aters in England. 

Despite reports that Ned Depinet 
or Pandro Berman may be named 
to head RKO production, it is not 
unlikely that the unit system may 
also be instituted and deals made 
with Goldwyn and Emanuel Cohen's 
Major Pictures Co. to release 
through RKO. 

It is reported that there is a 
strong possibility that Odium may 
make a deal with John Maxwell of 
British International who controls 
300 theaters in England and whose 
B-I company paid 20 p.c. dividends 
for 1937. 

Further reports say that Andrew 
Christianson of the Irving Trust 
Co. receiver for RKO, wants RKO 
negative costs held down to $500,- 

Samuel Goldwyn refused to com- 
ment last night on the published 
report that he would go on a pro- 
duction sit-down strike to force a 
showdown between interests at- 
tempting to dominate United 
Artists. Although Goldwyn leaves 
tomorrow for a vacation in Hawaii 
he has set no definite dates for the 
start of new pictures. 

Take More Depositions in 
N. D. Theater Divorce Suit 

Minneapolis — Depositions taken 
here yesterday in the North Dakota 
theater divorce suit indicated that 
the Minnesota Amusement Co. was 
given clearance and preference be- 
cause the circuit was the best cus- 
tomer of the distributors. Almost 
every branch manager, in addition 
to John Friedl, head of Minnesota 
Amusement Co., testified at yester- 
day's sessions. 

Friedl's testimony will be con- 
tinued today. Paramount, which is 
bringing suit to test the North Da- 
kota statute, is represented by 
George Winthrop of Fargo, N. D., 
and Joseph Findley of St. Paul. 


Jess Gourlay, of Warner Bros. 
home office art department, was 
hit by an automobile Wednesday 
night, and suffered a broken leg. 
He is at the Polyclinic Hospital 

Detroit — Charles Collins, emcee at 
Associated Theaters' Loop Theater, 
is on the sick list. 

SI Buys "Star Wagon" for Janet Gaynor Pix 

"The Star Wagon," Maxwell Anderson play running on Broadway, was purchased 
yesterday by Selznick International as a future vehicle for Janet Caynor, the studio 
announced last night. Price said to have been $55,000. Miss Caynor will play the 
Lillian Cish role and an unnamed star will be selected to fill the male lead. 


(.Continued from Page 1) 

duction costs are within $400,000 of 
the announced total, he said, and 
there will be no cut in the budget 
for the balance of the current sea- 

A 13-week international Para- 
mount sales drive to push the eight 
or 10 biggest productions on the 
new program will start on Mar. 5 
and end on May 28, Agnew further 

Paramount will make 52 feature 
productions for the 1938-39 season, 
Agnew said, with six "Hopalong 
Cassidy" pictures — the same as 
for the current season. There will 
probably be 100 single-reel short 
subjects and 104 newsreels, the 
same as for 1937-38, though the fig- 
ure for the shorts is not definitely 

"Jungle Love," in Technicolor, 
will be released on this year's 
schedule and there will be two 
Technicolor productions next sea- 
son, the lead-off picture on the new 
program being "Man With Wings," 
also in Technicolor, to be produced 
and directed by William Wellman 
and to be released on Labor Day. 

The next Cecil B. DeMille pic- 
ture, Agnew said, will be a story 
of the Hudson Bay Co. 

Questioned regarding the report 
that Alexander Korda might pro- 
duce pictures for Paramount re- 
lease, Agnew said there was a pos- 
sibility that Korda would make 
productions in England for it. 

The company is grooming four 
players for stardom, Agnew stated 
— Franceska Gaal, Georges Rigaud, 
Isa Miranda and Tito Guizar. 

He had only words of praise for 
the personnel of the Paramount or- 
ganization which he stated was in 
excellent shape, and pronounced 
the outlook for Paramount's future 
to be extremely bright. 

Hugh Braly Named Para. 

Southwest District Mgr. 

New Orleans — Neil Agnew, Para. 
vice-president in charge of distrib- 
ution, announced on the train trip 
from New York to New Orleans 
for the opening of "The Buccaneer," 
that Hugh Braly, formerly in 
charge of the Salt Lake City and 
Denver territory, had been named 
district manager for Dallas, Okla- 
homa City and San Antonio terri- 
tory, in place of Jack Dugger who 
died last Saturday. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

American film producers to permit 
their product to enter Japan for a 
period covering the next three years 
on an "I.O.U. basis." Japan, who 
needs all her financial resources for 
the undeclared war in China, al- 
legedly is offering to bargain with 
American producers, through Kubo, 
to send over pictures in return for 
lifting the present ban on foreign 

Under Kubo's proposition, Amer- 
ican distribution and exhibition in- 
terests would leave all funds derived 
from film transactions in Japan and 
accept three-year promissory notes, 
receiving in the meantime only the 
interest on the revenue. 

Well informed industry sources 
said last night that while they have 
the matter under advisement, they 
were hesitant to act favorably on the 
proposition, due to the claimed in- 
stability of Japanese government 
bonds whose value has been falling 
since the military activities in 
China. American interests also 
state that in view of recent exten- 
sion of the Japanese ban on Amer- 
ican pictures that they were unwil- 
ling to consider Kubo's proposals in 
the light of a good will gesture. 

Kubo is said to have "no direct 
connection" with the Japanese gov- 
ernment, but it is known that Japan 
has already intimated that it will 
accept any arrangement Kubo may 
make in the U. S. 

Dies Wants House Com. to 
"Investigate Monopolies" 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The report that mo- 
vie-minded Congressmen have ar- 
ranged an informal confidential 
working alliance on Capitol Hill for 
the session to study possible monop- 
olistic aspects of the motion picture 
industry gained ground yesterday 
after Rep. Dies, Texas, sponsor of 
industry investigatory resolution, in- 
troduced a sweeping resolution au- 
thorizing speaker Bankhead to ap- 
point a special Congressional com- 
mittee to "investigate monopolies". 

The Dies monopoly resolution has 
been referred to the House Rules 
Committee. It provides for a com- 
mittee of seven congressmen to con- 
sist of five Democrats and two Re- 

Before the session opened, the 
Texas congressman told The Film 
Daily he expected to get early ac- 
tion on his pending resolution to in- 
vestigate motion picture industry. 

Lime fRom lots 


Benefit for Mrs. Healy 

"EFFORTS to raise $20,000 for the 
widow of Ted Healy will be 
made Saturday night, Jan. 22, when 
Bryan Foy will produce a benefit 
show at midnight at Warners' Hol- 
lywood Theater. Stars who j^ije 
so far promised to participafSPm 
the show include: Eddie Cantor, 
Burns and Allen, Jack Benny, Bob 
Burns and George Jessel. 

▼ T T 

Penzner's Undersea Pix 

William Penzner starts production 
soon on an undersea picture of which 
80 per cent will be made under sea. 
J. E. Williamson, who made "20,000 
Leagues Under the Sea," will furnish 
his modern equipment for the pic- 
ture and will make the undersea 

T T T 

Temple Pix Starts Feb. 1 
Feb. 1 has been set by Director 
Irving Cummings as the tentative 
starting date for "Little Lady of 
Broadway," Shirley Temple's next 
picture for 20th Century-Fox. This 
is Cummings' first under his new 
long-term contract, just announced 
by Darryl F. Zanuck. 

T T ▼ 

It's Lieut. Col. Sedgwick 

Edward Sedgwick's most prized 
Christmas gift this year was a com- 
mission as a Lieutenant-Colonel on 
the personal staff of Governor James 
V. Allred of Texas. 

4 RKO Radio Features 

For Week on Broadway 

Four RKO Radio pictures, among 
them "Snow White and the Seven 
Dwarfs" are to bow on Broadway 
during week opening today, it was 
announced yesterday. The Disney 
production is dated at the Radio 
City Music Hall for Jan. 13. Ri- 
voli has "Wise Girl" opening Jan. 
8; Rialto screens "Crashing Holly- 
wood" on the seventh; and Criterion 
shows "She's Got Everything" be- 
ginning Jan. 14. 


Newark, N. J. — Aisle walks are 
soon to be taken by two members 
of the staff at Proctor's RKO. War- 
ren Davis, assistant to Manager 
Bob Ungerfeld, and Miss Amora 
Cantabene will wed Feb. 20. Thea- 
ter's treasurer Sam Janefsky and 
Audrey Lowy have not made the 
date known but admit it will be 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM (DAILY 

Hollywood — Engagement of June 
Clayworth, film actress, and Sid 
Rogell, RKO studio manager, was 
announced yesterday. The marriage 
is expected to take place this month. 


Friday, Jan. 7, 1938 



History Makers of 1 937 in the Film Industry 

{Continued from Page 1) 
Mr. Rubin and 10 other officers of the 
company, whereby they will, in the fu- 
ture, benefit in proportion to the unusual 
service rendered. This type of arrange- 
ment, however, is nothing particularly 
new to Mr. Rubin, for he, Louis B. Mayer, 
art'" the late Irving Thalberg had re- 
c.^^1 a percentage of company's an- 
nual profits. 


Several impor- 
tant changes 
in personnel 
and policy 
studded t h e 
annals of Erpi 
these twelve 
months past. 
Edgar S. Bloom 

comp any's 
presidency to 
concentrate on 
prexy-ing for 
Western Elec- 
tric. This brought Erpi's executive vice- 
president, Whitford Drake, up to the top 
rung. Both prior to and following his 
investiture, he applied himself with sci- 
entific precision to effectuating two deci- 
sions of Erpi's board, (a) the licensing 
of National Theater Supply and Motio- 
graph to manufacture Erpi projection 
and sound equipment, and (b) the di- 
vorcing of servicing contracts, and plac- 
ing them under the complete and inde- 
pendent jurisdiction of the new Altec 
Service Corp., which was organized this 
past Autumn by L. W. Conrow. Mr. 
}rake announced early in 1937 that 
third dimensional sound was ready. 

jrly in October he sailed for Europe; 
returned in December, and prepared to 
tackle vigorously what 1938 had in 


A year that 
saw whole- 
sale remodel- 
ing of film 
houses; exten- 
sive building 
of n e w ones, 
and a dispo- 
sition on the 
part of cir- 
cuits and in- 
dependent ex- 
tubs alike to 
iring their 
theater equip- 
ment up to date, naturally provided this 
keen, veteran executive with lots of ac- 
tion, inasmuch as he is both president 
md a director of National Theater Sup- 
ply Co. and vice-prexy of General The- 
ater Equipment Corp. When huddles 
rere entered re making arrangements 
rith Erpi for that outfit to license NTS, 
Green was an omnipresent spark- 
plug, bringing the deal to a highly suc- 
cessful conclusion. Incidentally, if you 
are interested in results (and who isn't), 
just take a look at the financial prog- 
ress of Mr. Green's commercial camps 
during 1937. 

• • A. SCHNEIDER • • 

In mid-Novem- 
ber, last, SEC 
received the 
annual report 
of Columbia 
Pictures (Corp., 
and the offi- 
cial document 
carried the fa- 
miliar sig, A. 
S c h n e i der, 
who, a s ev- 
eryone knows, 
is the titan 
treasurer of 

that organization. It was a right fine 
report, too, showing three salient facts, 
(a) that Columbia netted $1,317,770 dur- 
ing its past fiscal year; (b) that the gross 
income from film rentals, sales and ac- 
cessories was $19,066,100.42; and (c) 
that young Mr. Schneider must have 
spent just about the busiest twelve 
months since his designation some years 
back as Columbia's finance exec. Again 
in November the company's first quar- 
ter net was announced at about $147,- 
000, a gain of some $18,053 over the 
corresponding period the year before. 


N u m ber ing 
among his 
treasury of ac- 

com plishments 
that of film 
producer, at 
which art he 
is particularly 
proficient, it is 
only natural 
that he should 
have a flare 
for proper cli- 
maxes. One of 
these flashed 
from Hollywood as the year drew to a 
close, in the form of an announcement 
by Paramount chieftains that A. M. had 
been made an executive assistant to 
William LeBaron. Boost was latest in a 
spectacular series which has seen Mr. 
Botsford rise successively from a Para, 
publicist in 1917; advertising manager 
during the first five years of the 1920's; 
later advertising manager of Publix the- 
aters; head of Paramount's New York 
story department; assistant to Emanuel 
Cohen; assistant to Henry Herzbrun; 
and then an associate producer. 

Film Improvement Attested 
by Detroit Censor's Report 

Detroit — While footage examined 
increased 25 p.c, footage eliminated 
dropped 50 p.c, according to the 
1937 report of Sergt. Charles W. 
Snyder, head of the film division 
of the Detroit censorship depart- 
ment. Division condemned three pix 
in entirety. 

In 1936, domestic footage totalled 
3,860,000, increasing in 1937 to 5,- 
149,000. Foreign film footage drop- 
ped from 1,007,000 in 1936 to 938,- 
000 in 1937. Total footage examined 
in 1936 was 4,867,000 as against 
6,087,000. Total elimination in 1936 
was 4,850 feet; in 1937, 2,790 feet. 

Foreign pix examined were in 17 
languages. Films in Russian, Ger- 
man and Syrian increased; films in 
Spanish, Norwegian and Italian 
dropped sharply. 

Fifty pix theater lobhy sets were 
condemned, three being confiscated, 
according to the report. 

Jersey City House Sells 

for Reported $225,000 

Jersey City, N. J. — The Cameo at 
223-7 Ocean Ave. has been sold by 
Anna and Benjamin Gorlin and Isa- 
dore and Rose Berkowitz to the 
Saooky Realty Corp. of this city. 
The price was reported to have 
been $225,000. 

GN As Curtain Raiser 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM (DAILY 
Hollywood — Gore Brothers opened 
a new theater, the Strand, at Red- 
ondo Beach yesterday. The opening 
program will be all Grand National, 
with GN players making P.A.'s. 

Ancient Detroit Ban Bars 
"Birth of Nation" at Wayne 

Detroit — Ancient ban on "The 
Birth of a Nation" was invoked 
this week by Charles W. Snyder, 
police censor, to stop a revival of 
the film, planned as one in a his- 
torical films series, by Prof. Rich- 
ard Dunham of Wayne University. 
The film was scheduled to be shown 
March 16, and Professor Dunham, 
called in by the censor, agreed to 
substitute some other film. 

The local ban is apparently based 
on the Mayor's right to revoke a 
theater license, although Snyder 
pointed out that the fact that the 
Wayne University Theater sells 
door admissions as well as subscrip- 
tion tickets makes it a public show- 
ing and subject to censorship, even 
though 16 mm. films are used. 

Kilfoil Joins Caravel 

Caravel Distributing Corp., 730 
Fifth Ave., announces the appoint- 
ment of Thomas A. Kilfoil as book- 
ing director of its sponsored shorts. 
Caravel's first 1938 release will be 
an animated cartoon in Technicolor. 
Kilfoil was with Paramount in New 
York for 15 years as head of its 
service department. Later he was 
controller of National Screen Serv- 
ice, and more recently was with 
Pathe Film Corp. 

Griffis Aboard Yacht 

Miami Beach, Fla. — Stanton Grif- 
fis, chairman of Paramount's exec- 
utive committee, with his daughter, 
Theodora, and son, Nixon, is aboard 
the family yacht, "North Wind," 
tied up at the Flamingo docks for 
a time. 

David Wark Griffith, with Mrs. 
Griffith, is also vacationing at 
Miami Beach. 


April showers , 
of new 
brought the 
i n t e r e sting 
item that a 
new contract 
covering the 
status of M. J. 
S i e g e 1 as 
president of 
Republic Pro- 
ductions and 
chairman of 
its board 
would be 
worked out shortly thereafter in New 
York. Thus it developed that Mr. 
Siegel filled the vacancy due to the 
resignation of Nat Levine, former Re- 
public Productions' prexy. As chairman 
of the board, M. J. replaced Walter 
Vincent and swung into action in his 
dual role. 


Ole Kris Krin- 
gle was just 
about to put 
his reindeer 
into harness 
when this film 
exec was also 
put into har- 
ness, i.e., new 
harness, by 
the clans of 
President Bar- 
ney Balaban. 
Up to that 
point, Mr. Laz- 
arus had been film editorial head for 
Paramount, but was forthwith elevated 
to executive producer to work with Wil- 
liam LeBaron. Such elevations are noth- 
ing new to Jeff Lazarus, whose middle 
initial "H" must stand for Horatio-Alger, 
for his meteoric career in the industry 
began as an usher in 1921, and it is 
appropriate that 1938 in turn ushered 
him into the high and mighty post he 
now occupies in filmland. 


lust prior to 
t h e sounding 
of the Xmas 
chimes, an an- 
nouncement is- 
sued forth 
from the Coast 
to the effect 
that 19 3 8 
would see Bo- 
gart Rogers in 
a producership 
role with Par- j 
amount and! 
would work 

under the unit of Jeff Lazarus, assistant 
managing director of production. Pro- 
motion was one of several effectuated at 
the year-end. Since the talented Mr. 
Rogers is a writer of screen fare, in ad- 
dition to his flare for pix making, the 
move gives Paramount's studios added 
strength in the upper brackets of pro- 



Friday, Jan. 7, 1938 


(Continued from Page 1) 

30-minute period occupied by The 
March of Time program. The pres- 
entation, following several days of 
intensive preparation, climaxed a 
country-wide, border-to-border "Ten 
Best" publicity build-up of unpre- 
cedented proportions. 

One important sequence in each 
picture was dramatized by the pro- 
gram's players. 

Scenes which were re-enacted in- 
c'uded Zola's protest against Drey- 
fus' guilt before the court from 
"Life of Emile Zola"; Luise Rain- 
er's plea to Paul Muni not to sell 
the land, from "The Good Earth"; 
a deck scene from "Captains Cour- 
ageous" in which Spencer Tracy 
explains to Freddie Bartholomew 
why he sings and is happy; Sam 
Jaffe's parting words to Ronald 
Colman from "Lost Horizon"; pre- 
senting of the Academy Award to 
Janet Gaynor in "A Star is Born"; 
the balcony scene from "Romeo and 
Juliet";; the dressing room scene 
just before Katherine Hepburn 
makes her initial stage appearance 
from "Stage Door"; the mother's 
regret that she had born her son 
from "Dead End"; a scene from 
"Winterset" and the hilarious court 
sequence from "The Awful Truth." 

Simultaneously with the publica- 
tion in yesterday's Film Daily of 
the results of the 16th national poll, 
news stories appeared in the 500-odd 
actively co-operating newspapers as 
well as in others receiving the day 
reports of the three major wire ser- 
vices. More than 25,000,000 people 
read the "Ten Best" stories yester- 
day, it is estimated. 

Originating with Station WJZ, 
New York, the program was carried 
by 39 other stations. Hollywood and 
other West Coast listeners heard the 
re-enactment through KECA, Los 
Angeles, and, farther north, KGO, 
San Francisco, among others. 

Full roster of stations and their 
cities to carry the "Ten Best" pro- 
gram of The March of Time fol- 

WABY, Albany; WAG A, Atlanta; 
KERN, Bakersfield; WBAL, Balti- 
more; WBZ, Boston; WICC, Bridge- 
port; WEBR, Buffalo; WMT, Cedar 
Rapids; WLS, Chicago; WCKY, Cin- 
cinnati; WHK, Cleveland; WCOL, 
Columbus; KVOD, Denver; KSO, 
Des Moines; WXYZ, Detroit; 
WO WO, Fort Wayne; KMJ, Fresno; 
KXYZ, Houston; WREN, Kansas 
City; KECA, Los Angeles; WMPS, 
Memphis; WDSU, New Orleans; 
WJZ, New York; KLO, Ogden; 
KOIL, Omaha-Council Bluffs; WFIL, 
Philadelphia; KDKA, Pittsburgh; 
WEAN, Providence; WHAM, Roch- 
ester; KFBK, Sacramento; KFSD, 
San Diego; KGO, San Francisco; 
KJR, Seattle; KGA, Spokane; 
WBZ A, Springfield; KWK, St. Louis; 
KWG, Stockton; WSYR, Syracuse; 
WSPD, Toledo; WMAL, Washington. 

With Paramount in N'Orleans 



YWELL, we landed in this burg 
late last night just in time to 
file this wire on Paramount's two- 
day sales session. And judging 
from what the boys on the train 
have been telling me Paramount 
has plenty of big pictures ready for 


* * * 

Milt Kusell, the New Yorker, took 
the train ride well — but to be per- 
fectly truthful he would have pre- 
ferred the airways. 

* * * 

P. A. Bloch, of Philadelphia, 
caught the "Buccaneer" rattle _ in 
that town and lost no time getting 
some of the boys into a bridge 
game. If there is anything P. A. 
likes better than bridge it's selling 

Paramount pictures. 

* * * 

H. H. Goldstein made the trip 
from Cleveland to board this rat- 
tler. His only weakness is cigars — 
and man, oh man, how he can smoke 

When we hit Atlanta, Oscar Mor- 
gan got the glad hand from the 
boys. Being from the South New 
Orleans held no lure for him. 

Neil F. Agnew got into a huddle 
with some of the boys. Each told 
of the big fish he had caught — some- 
time or other. Fishing and hunting 
are Neil's pet hobbies. 

* * * 

Alec Moss didn't disappoint the 
boys. As usual he was looked upon 
for some nifty stories — and came 
through with flying colors. 

* * * 

Charlie Reagan looks forward to 
this session to greeting some of his 
boys from the western territory. 
Selling film comes natural with him. 

* * * 

We don't want to say it — but 
we've a hunch Don Velde of the 
home office would have loved to 
bring his golf clubs along. We did 
pass a few courses on the way. 

* * * 

G. B. J. Frawley, and we forgot 
that J in his name yesterday, gets 
his greatest kick out of eating. 
Well after all one must eat. 

* * * 

J. J. Unger, of New York, is 
another plane enthusiast. How he 
would have liked the airways is no- 
body's business. 


Milwaukee — - Eighteen indepen- 
dent and circuit houses have been 
visited by police in their drive to 
oust theater games without a war- 
rant being issued. City attorney's 
office has declared that since par- 
ticipants in games did not p^jifor 
privilege neither city ordinanc^jrior 
state lottery laws are applicable. 
Police are to continue gathering evi- 
dence until a test case is instituted. 

The city attorney has refused to 
issue warrants against managers of 
the Plaza, Ritz, Varsity, Peerless, 
Atlas, Egyptian and Juneau thea- 
ters and is investigating evidence 
procured in police raids on the 
Modjeska, Avalon, Parkway, Tow- 
er, Uptown, Savoy, Sherman, Gar- 
field, Milwaukee, Lake and Oriental 

Para. Opens New Orleans 

Sales Conference Today 

New Orleans — Sales executives of 
the Paramount home office and dis- 
trict managers of the United States 
and Canada have convened here for 
the company's two-day sales session 
which gets under way today at the 
Roosevelt Hotel. 

Neil F. Agnew, vice-president in 
charge of distribution, will preside 
at the meeting. The delegates will 
attend the premiere of "The Buc- 
caneer" at the Saenger Theater here 

Among those in attendance at the 
two-day sales meeting and scheduled 
to attend the premiere of "The Buc- 
caneer" are: M. S. Kusell, New York; 
W. H. Erbb, Boston; P. A. Bloch, 
Philadelphia; H. H. Goldstein, Cleve- 
land; A. Usher, Chicago; Oscar Mor- 
gan, Atlanta; R. C. LiBeau, Kansas 
City; H. W. Braly, Denver; M. H. 
Lewis, Los Angeles; B. Blotcky, Min- 
neapolis; G. A. Smith, San Francisco 
and M. A. Milligan of Toronto. 

The following home office ex- 
ecutives will also attend: N. F. Ag- 
new, J. J. Unger, C. M. Reagan, G. 
B. J. Frawley, R. M. Gillham, Alec 
Moss and Don Velde. 

Justice Levy Inducted 

Matthew M. Levy, formerly coun- 
sel to Moving Picture Machine Op- 
erators Union, Local 306, IATSE, 
was yesterday inducted as a Justice 
of New York Municipal Court. Judge 
Levy, appointed by Mayor LaGuar- 
dia, succeeds Judge Michael Mc- 
Hugh, now Bronx County Clerk. 

Kennedy Envoy to London 

on Eve of Treaty Talk 

(Continued from Page 1) 
and the United States expected over 
this week-end, President Roosevelt 
yesterday sent to the Senate the ap- 
pointment of Joseph P. Kennedy as 
Ambassador to Court of St. James. 
Early Senate confirmation of ap- 
pointment is expected. 

A former film executive, Kennedy 
is expected to play a major part in 
negotiating final treaty, important 
part of which will include films. 

As the Administration's star 
"trouble shooter," Kennedy will play 
the role of Uncle Sam's business 
man Ambassador replacing the late 
"diplomatic" Robert Worth Bing- 
ham. The fact Kennedy understands 
motion picture industry from all an- 
gles is expected to be of direct dol- 
lars and cents benefit to American 
producers in any London discussions 
of quota and forthcoming trade 
treaty problems. 

Wapakoneta, O. — Emil George, 
manager of the Brown Theater Co., 
has filed injunction proceedings in 
Common Pleas Court against Chief 
of Police James C. Ague, Patrol- 
men Cyrus Metzger and Edward 
Horrman, Special Policeman Orville 
Cannon, and Sheriff William Nieter, 
to prevent them from carrying out 
their threat to close up the bank 
night feature at the theater. He 
maintains that the feature is law- 
ful. Chief Ague turned the papers 
over to City Solicitor Dan McKeev- 
er and said he will act under in- 
structions from him. 

Morgan Lithograph Artists 
To Join Univ. Art Staff 

With closing of Morgan Litho- 
graph Corp. office attached to Uni- 
versal Pictures, August M. Froeh- 
lich, art director, and Ben Wells, 
veteran poster artist, are to join 
regular Universal art staff, it was 
reported yesterday. Froehlich has 
been with the company for 20 
years, while Wells, dean of western 
and action artists, has served Mor- 
gan for about 50 years. Wells has 
been attached to Universal since 
its inception. 

All Cash Giveaways Out 

Under Detroit's Ruling 

Detroit — "Any and every form of 
cash giveaway is strictly out in 
Detroit. This applies especially to 
Screeno, Bank Night, and Bingo 
games," Nathaniel H. Goldstick, 
assistant corporation counsel, ruled 
yesterday, interpreting new regula- 
tions affecting theater giveaways. 

Immediate notification was given 
to all houses, including Allied The- 
aters of Michigan as the recognized 
trade association. 

Detroit situation has been con- 
fused for a long time due to con- 
flicting court decisions. 

Nordisk Changes Film's Title 

Title of Nordisk Films Kom- 
pagni's production to be released in 
U. S. by Gustave Schwab, Radio 
City, N. Y., has been changed to 
"En Saga," it has been announced. 

Hirliman, Miller Aide 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Hollywood — George Hirliman has 
been named assistant to Clinton 
Miller, Condor Pictures bankruptcy 

Lengel-Savage Tie-up 

William C. Lengel Literary Asso- 
ciates has just effected a reciprocal 
arrangement with Raymond Savage, 
Ltd. of London. 


Winner of the 1933 Academy Award 
for his performance in 

/ / 


"Marvelous performance by Laughton highlights 
elegantly produced comedy with general appeal." 

SEPTEMBER 21, 1933. 



"For a period of years I have used the respective 
issues of the Year Book countless times." 

MARCH 20, 1933. 


The Standard Reference Book of the Motion Picture Industry 
Bigger and Better Than Ever Now in Preparation 


Another Year! 
Another Ten Best! 

Another Victory for M-G-M! 

The industry expects it, because it always happens ! The Film Daily Annual 
poll for the year's Ten Best Pictures results in M-G-M leading all com- 
panies again. Three M-G-M pictures ("Qood Earth", " Captains Courageous", 
"Romeo and Juliet") established M-G-M victory in the vote of hundreds 
of critics. It is an honor for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to receive this 
nationwide tribute but we share it with M-G-M exhibitors whose 
faith and support make possible M-G-M quality entertainments. 

M l a PI3C3D &. I J 
2 H W 4 4' rn S*f 


Intimate in Character 
International in Scope 
Independent in Thought 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Nineteen Years Old 


V'=== 73, NO. 6 



Columbia Advances McConville to Foreign Sales Head 

subsidyWovision sought for brit.jQota act 

Japanese Film Proposition Too Risky, Distrib. View 

f 37HI$TCCy 

A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 


When the 
Goldwyn - Kor- 
da deal swung 
into its initial 
strides, eyes 
watched close- 
ly a correlated 
situation, — 
that which in- 
volved David 
O. Selznick. 
His agreement 
with UA was 
about to ex- 
pire and forth- 
with this ace producer began dickering 
for other outlets. Three possibilities 
loomed, RKO, Paramount and M-G-M. 
October saw the latter company alone 
in the race, and soon the business at 
large took it for granted that a con- 
tract was about to be effectuated, by 
the terms of which Selznick would be in 
Metro's fold. 


Early in June, 
last, this RKO 
Radio foreign 
sales chief 
was reported 
in an impor- 
tant huddle 
with Frederick 
Daniell, rep- 
resentative of 
the New South 
Wales Gov- 
ernment, re 
the easing of 
restrictions on 

American film companies required to 
produce there under quota. As vice- 
president of RKO Export Corp.. Phil 
Reisman exported himself in October to 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Foreign Dept. Heads' Re- 
action Said to be 

Foreign departments of American 
film companies are studying Japan's 
offer to lift the ban on foreign pic- 
tures providing product will be ex- 
ported on a three-year credit basis, 
a checkup yesterday revealed. How- 
ever, from all indications foreign 
department heads do not look upon 
the proposition favorably. They feel 

(Continued on Page 3) 


National fan taste in pictures gen- 
erally parallels that of the coun- 
try's motion picture critics, it is 
apparent from the results of local 
"Ten Best Pictures" polls conducted 
by leading American newspapers in 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Theresa Helburn Spurns 

Dramatist Guild Demand 

Miss Theresa Helburn, Theater 
Guild director and director of the 
Bureau of New Plays, yesterday re- 
plied to letter of Robert Sherwood, 
Dramatist Guild head, demanding 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Biz Upturn in \eb. 

Lincoln, Neb. — Early January biz at 
movie houses has shown tendency to 
climb and is at a better level than 
anytime since October. 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — On the eve of his 
departure for a vacation in Hawaii, 
Samuel Goldwyn issued the follow- 
ing statement: "It has been stated 
I am opposed to Alexander Korda 
making films for outside interests. 
This is incorrect. I have been asked 
to sanction changes in his contract 
and I have expressed my willing- 
ness to do so providing identical 
changes are made in mine. There 
has been no opposition to Mr. 
Korda's plans from me." 

Goldwyn refused to make any 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Survey Puts B. 0. Price 

Level Up 10% In Year 

With box-office prices averaging 
about 10 p.c. above those of last 
year, total theater receipts have 
been relatively well maintained thus 
far in the recession, according to 
(Continued on Page 3) 

J. A McConville Succeeds Seidelman 
As Col. General Foreign Sales Head 

Double "Buccaneer" Premiere 
in N. 0.; DeMille Feted 

New Orleans — Biggest opening 
in New Orleans since "Evangeline" 
was that of Cecil B. DeMille's "Buc- 
caneer" which took over the city. 
Double premiere starting at seven 
and second show at nine o'clock to 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Joseph A. McConville, national 
sales supervisor, is to succeed J. H. 
Seidelman as Columbia general for- 
eign sales manager, it was an- 
nounced yesterday by Jack Cohn. 
McConville takes over his new du- 
ties and Seidelman assumes his post 
as Universal's general manager of 
foreign sales on Monday, it was de- 

McConville, graduate of Holy 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Cost Clause Revision Proposal 

Also Made in 


London (By Cable) — "When Par- 
liament reconvenes here on or about 
Feb. 15, its Standing Committee, 
which at the past session was in- 
vested with the framing of the Films 
Bill (Quota Act) prior to formal 
consideration and vote by Lords and 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The U. S. State 
Department last night formally 
announced its intentions to negoti- 
ate a reciprocal trade agreement 

(Continued on Page 4) 

See Retention of Ohio's 

Amusement Levy Assured 

Columbus, O. — i Re-enactment of 
the Ohio admissions tax, which is 
estimated to raise $1,500,000 annu- 
ally for poor relief needs, was prac- 
tically assured when the Ohio Sen- 
ate passed two relief measures al- 

(Continued on Page 3) 

'Buccaneer 9 Premiere 

New Orleans — Before a notable 
audience of distinguished residents of 
this city, the world premiere of Cecil 
B. DeMille's Paramount production, 
"The Buccaneer," got away to a fly- 
ing start at the Saenger Theater. 
Steeped in the American historical 
tradition, this story of the buccaneer, 
Jean Lafitte, reached its way across 
the screen to climax after climax, hold- 
ing the audience spellbound in a surge 
of patriotic fervor. The production 
has all kinds of popular appeal, with* 
exciting action, colorful pirate scenes 
and a grand double romantic inter- 
est. A superb cast whose, principals 
include Fredric March, Akim Tamiroff, 
Margot Grahame and Franceska Caal, 
give a splendid performance under 
DeMille's able direction. A full re- 
view will appear in Monday's issue of 



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"U" on the Move 

Universal last night was in the 
process of vacating its ninth floor 
quarters. Newsreel, exploitation, 
story and talent and advertising ac- 
cessories departments are to be 
shifted to positions on tenth, 
eleventh and twelfth floors. 


WBTfl MIIL M. T)\\y 

T T T 

• • • TAKING COGNIZANCE of the arrival in these United 

States of a substantial documentary film movement the 

New School for Social Research announces a new study course 

"Documentary Films: As History and Journalism" for its 

spring curriculum Max Forester of "Tide" will be chairman 

and the course will start Feb. 2 Parenthetically, it may be noted 

that Pare Lorentz is in Washington to discuss preliminary plans 

for production of further U. S. Government documentary films 

along the lines of "The River" and "The Plow That Broke the 

Plains" Paramount is releasing "The River" nationally on 

Jan. 15 and the three-reel short feature dramatizing the story 

of the great Mississippi Valley has been entered for Academy 

award consideration 

▼ TV 

• • • SPEAKING OF records which is an old industry 

custom we wonder if there's anyone in show biz who can 

equal or better the record established by Bert C. E. Silver, Greenville, 

Mich., veteran Silver has just retired after 72 years in show 

biz Butterfield Theaters taking over his Silver Theater there 

Seventy-two years a showman! there's service for you 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • AND WHILE we're on the subject of records 

there's the fact that for the 15th successive year employes 

of the Smalley Circuit in up-state New York have received 

a holiday bonus from Owner William C. Smalley who head- 
quarters in Cooperstown. . . • Jackie Cooper met the 

press and others yesterday under the sponsorship of 

Monogram . . . .at a reception in the Waldorf s Perroquet Suit 

nearly 300 turned out, the Monogram exec staff, from W. Ray 

Johnston and Eddie Golden down, being there to welcome 

guests and put in an adroit word for "Boy of the Streets" 

J. A. FitzPatrick Sails; 

Will Visit 11 Countries 

James A. FitzPatrick sails today 
on the Empress of Britain on the 
first leg of a trip that will take 
him around the world in the inter- 
ests of his TravelTalk short sub- 
jects. Accompanied by a Techni- 
color crew, FitzPatrick will visit 
approximately 10 countries. He 
expects to resume production of 
quota pictures in England shortly 
after May 1. 

WB Philly Biz Drive 

Warner Bros, theaters in the Phil- 
adelphia territory today launch their 
Third Annual Managers' Parade, a 
drive for grosses. It will continue 
eight weeks. Awards in excess of 
$1,700 will be distributed among 
winning managers at the termina- 
tion of the drive on March 5. 

Doyle Announcement Near 

Stuart Doyle expects to make an 
announcement in connection with 
his South African franchise deal 
with United Artists "in a few 
days," he said yesterday. 

Eastman Kodak Boosts 

Common Value to $40 

Eastman Kodak Co. has increased 
stated value of its common stock 
from $10 a share to $40 a share to 
more closely reflect on books the 
amount of capital employed perman- 
ently in the business, according to 
a SEC statement filed yesterday. It 
was also revealed that company has 
transferred from surplus to capital 
account $67,527,630, an amount equal 
to $30 for each share of outstanding 
common stock. Of this amount, $28,- 
617,861.54 was from paid-in surplus, 
entire credit in this account, and 
$38,909,768.46 was transferred from 
earned surplus. Common stock has 
no par value. 

Premier Film Dissolving 

Albany — Certificate of dissolution 
of Premier Film Attractions, Inc., 
of which O. Henry Briggs is presi- 
dent, is due to be filed with the Sec- 
retary of State. Originally incor- 
porated on Nov. 9, 1929, the com- 
pany listed a board of directors in- 
cluding Briggs, Frank F. Kolbe and 
T. P. Loach, who was also named 
secretary and treasurer. 

cominG add goiiig 

JEAN HERSHOLT and his wife will accom- 
ZANUCK party when they leave for the Coast 
this afternoon. 

NANCY CARROLL has arrived from the 

HELEN BRODERICK is staying at th .adi- 

HAROLD "HET" MANHEIM is in from the 

BETTE DAVIS will come to New York after 
the completion of "Jezebel," new Warner pix. 

talk producer, sails today on the Empress of 
Britain for a round the world cruise. 

are scheduled to sail for Honolulu today. 

ELMER RICE is on the Coast for story 

PARE LORENTZ is in Washington to discuss 
plans for another documentary film. He was 
the author and director of "The River." 

JOE PASTOR, midwestern exhibitor, is in 
New York on a buying trip. 

M. H. AYLESWORTH has returned to New 

Sydney Cohen Net Estate 

Is Placed at $652,767 

Sydney S. Cohen, former head of 
MPTOA, left a gross estate valued 
at $727,214 on his death Dec. 12, 
1935, according to transfer tax ap- 
praisal filed yesterday by State Tax 
Bureau in Surrogate's Court. Net 
estate becomes $652,767 on deduction 
of funeral and administration ex- 
penses totaling $37,952 and debts 
amounting to $36,495. 

Sailing Plans of Korda 

Continue Indefinite 

Alexander Korda's plans to re- j 
turn to England remain indefinite, 
it was learned yesterday. It is 
understood that he will not sail 
next Wednesday on the Aquitania 
as was announced. Maurice Sil- 
yerstone, United Artists manager 
in England, also is remaining in 
New York for an indefinite period. 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 

the following on their birthday: 


Larry Darmour Matt Moore 

James Farley Joe Weil 

Alexander Cray 


Harry M. Goetz Ceorge Batcheller, Jr. 

Vilma Banky 

Saturday, Jan. 8, 1938 



A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 

{Continued from Page 1) 
Euro* "*),' The eve of his departure found 
him decorated with the Legion of Honoi 
by the French Government. He remained 
abroad but a short time. On his return, 
announced appointment of Reginald Ar- 
mour, formerly in charge of the East and 
Far East, to replace Harry W. Leasim 
as RKO continental managing director. 
Phil also bared facts of extensive RKO 
expansion in the foreign field. He was 
scarcely ashore in New York when his 
industry side-kicks tendered him a "wel- 
come home" luncheon in the Blue Room 
at "21" Club. 


There were 
several decid- 
ed O. Henry 
twists to news 
headlines, first 
among which 
flashed forth 
in April when 
Pathe's direc- 
torate returned 
Mr. Briggs to 
t h e office of 
c o m p any's 
p r e x y . Was 
also very 
much in the spotlight during the negotia- 
tions which brought Pathe a close work- 
ing arrangement with Monogram. Then 
in late October, it was announced that 
he and Trem Carr were elected to Mono- 
gram's board. Forthwith, the busy Mr. 
Briggs hied to the West Coast on an 
inspection trip. His flare for system per- 
mitted him to delve into other important 
enterprises, such as actively engaging 
in the affairs of DuPont Film Manufac- 
turing Corp., of which he is a director. 


On Dec. 14, _ 
board of direc- 
tors met, and 
among the de- 
v e 1 o p m ents 
was the elec- 
tion of George 
Bagnall, assis- 
tant treasurer 
of the compa- 
ny and its ex- 
ecutive studio 
manager to a 
vice -presiden- 
cy. He replaced Henry Herzbrun who 
had resigned earlier in the month to en- 
gage in private law practice in Holly- 
wood. Mr. Bagnall thus scored his third 
promotion with Para, forces since join- 
ing that organization in 1935. 

(Follow this series of History Makers 
daily in THE FILM DAILY) 


"Crashing Hollywood" 

with Lee Tracy, Joan Woodbury, Paul 

RKO Radio 61 Mins. 


This new RKO picture should meet 
with a good reception as it moves rapidly, 
and there is a nice mixture of comedy 
and suspense woven into a story with a 
new twist. The theme of double identity 
is used in this one with amusing results. 
Lee Tracy turns in a good performance, 
with Paul Guilfoyle adequate in his role, 
and Joan Woodbury fills the romantic 
interest spot. Richard Lane, as the super 
movie producer, provides the best laughs 
of the pix, bur doesn't have enough to do. 
Guilfoyle is released from prison, and 
meets his wife who has tickets for Cali- 
fornia. Tracy boards the train and is 
mistaken for a bond thief by Guilfoyle, 
his wife, and Miss Woodbury. Tracy falls 
for Joan, but she still believes him guilty. 
When they get to Hollywood Tracy, who 
is a writer, agrees to collaborate with 
Guilfoyle, who provides him with his au- 
thentic criminal information. Their first 
pix is a big success and Tracy straightens 
everything out with Joan. However, the 
criminal that the picture is written about 
starts on their trail. The studio is the 
scene of some fast action with Tracy in 
a wild melee at the end of the picture 
when the real criminal is captured after 
an amusing mistaken identity sequence 
with the actor who looks like him. Every- 
body is happy but Lane, who vigorously 
objects to all these happenings on the 
studio's time. 

CAST: Lee Tracy, Paul Guilfoyle, Joan 
Woodbury, Richard Lane, Lee Patrick, 
Bradley Page, Tom Kennedy, Frank M. 
Thomas, Jack Carson, Alec Craig, James 
Conlin, George Irving. 

CREDITS: Producer, Cliff Reid; Direc- 
tor, Lew Landers; From a play by Paul 
Dickey and Mann Page; Screenplay, Paul 
Yawitz and Gladys Atwater; Editor, Harry 
Marker; Cameraman, Nick Musuraca. 

DIRECTION, Well Paced. 
RAPHY, Good. 


Taking of Depositions in N. D. 
Thea. Divorce Suit Nears End 

Minneapolis — John Friedl was 
examined yesterday in the North 
Dakota theater divorce suit. He 
testified that the Minnesota Amuse- 
ment houses in North Dakota had a 
clearance of 100 to 180 days over 
"B" houses. Deposition taking will 
conclude today with Moe Levy. 

"Cover to Cover" Booked 

Lenauer International Films Inc., 
has booked "Cover to Cover" into 
Trans Lux Theaters, currently. 
The short has also been booked for 
the Fine Arts Theater, Boston, and 
the Little Theater in Baltimore and 
on the Coast. 

"I Met My Love Again" 

with Henry Fonda, Joan Bennett, Dame 

May Whirry, Alan Marshal 
United Artists 77 Mins. 


All the simple and deeply moving drama 
of Allene Corliss's fine novel has been 
faithfully transplanted to the screen with- 
out losing any of its appealing qualities in 
this new Wanger offering. Henry Fonda 
gives a fine performance, and adds a deft 
comedy touch to his straight dramatic 
role. Joan Bennett is equally good oppo- 
site Fonda, and Alan Marshal makes an 
agreeable, worldly and equally worthless 
young writer. Joshua Logan and Arthur 
Ripley have directed the picture with a 
sure touch, but allow a slight stiltedness 
in several scenes which could have been 
made shorter. The small Vermont college 
town and its characters have been faith- 
fully reproduced in thought and action in 
the film with the whole production evi- 
dencing care. Fonda is a student with 
professorial ambitions and he is in love 
with Joan Bennett, to whom he is en- 
gaged. Two years pass, and Joan is lost 
in a blizzard one night with the course 
of their lives changed by the storm. She 
meets Marshal, who is writing in a small 
cabin. She is attracted by his worldli- 
ness and marries him. Fonda becomes a 
professor, and Joan lives in France where 
she has a daughter. Marshal is accident- 
ally killed and after several more years 
Joan decides to return when her aunt, 
Dame May Witty, writes her. They 
meet again and their romance is renewed, 
but it is complicated by Louise Piatt, one 
of Fonda's students. Finally Louise and 
Joan meet with dramatic fireworks at 
a dance. Later, as Joan and Fonda are 
about to leave to be married, Louise 
shows up as well as Fonda's mother to 
try and prevent it. Joan takes the girl 
in a car and scares her into admitting 
her professed love was a flirtation, and 
later that night Joan and Fonda are mar- 
ried with the story ending happily. 

CAST: Joan Bennett, Henry Fonda, Dame 
May Whitty, Alan Marshal, Louise Piatt, 
Alan Baxter, Tim Holt, Dorothy Stickney, 
Florence Lake, Genee Hall, Alice Cavenna. 

CREDITS: Producer, Walter Wanger; 
Directors, Arthur Ripley and Joshua Logan; 
Novel by Allene Corliss; Screenplay, David 
Hertz; Editors, Otha Lovering and Edward 
Mann; Cameraman, Hal Mohr. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

they would be taking too much of a 
risk to send over new pictures with 
little assurance of receiving any rev- 
enue from them. 

Under the proposition offered by 
H. Kubo, representing Japanese 
financial interests, American distrib- 
utors would be obliged to accept 
promissory notes in payment for 
their product, payable in three to 
five years. With conditions as they 
are in the Orient, one department 
head said, it is possible that the 
pictures never would be paid for. 

The Japanese market in the past 
has been a lucrative one, it was said, 
but its loss would not mean that the 
American companies could not op- 
erate without it. With the popula- 
tion uneasy over international af- 
fairs, the Japanese government now 
looks upon motion pictures as a nec- 
essity rather than a luxury, believ- 
ing that entertainment will help the 
i public to forget war clouds. 

Before making any decision one 
way or the other, foreign managers 
will make an exhaustive study of 
the proposition. 

See Retention of Ohio's 
Amusement Levy Assured 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ready approved by the House. This 
included House Bill No. 744, which 
appropriated $6,500,000 from the 
sales tax revenues for relief, and 
House Bill No. 741, which re-enacted 
the admissions tax, reduced the 
beer tax, and reduced the utilities 
excise tax. 

House Bill 744, which the Senate 
approved, was substituted for a 
Senate bill which would have ap- 
propriated $6,000,000 from the sales 
tax and $1,500,000 from the admis- 
sions tax. A move in the Senate 
committee to eliminate the admis- 
sions tax on H. B. 741 was de- 
feated. Consensus of opinion is 
that more funds will be needed 
for relief purposes than these 
measures afford. 

N. Y. Rialto Books Serial 

The Rialto Theater, Times Square, 
New York, will establish a precedent 
today when, for the first time 
in its history as a motion picture 
theater, it will present a screen ser- 
ial, Columbia's "The Mysterious Pi- 
lot", starring Frank Hawks 

Writ Case Up Today 

Detroit — Injunction case of 
United Detroit Theaters against 
Detroit Theater and Amusement 
Janitors' Association comes up to- 
day. The temporary writ restrains 
picketing by the union. 

Survey Puts B. O. Price 

Level Up 10% in Year 

(Continued from Page 1) 

current survey issued yesterday by 
Standard Trade and Securities. 

"Receipts from the sale of Amer- 
ican films abroad, aided by the high 
quality and good drawing power of 
recent film releases" make prospects 
for next three months in the for- 
eign field promising, the report 
points out. 

• <CJ 


Single" "In Old Chi. 

With roadshow engagements of "In 
Old Chicago" set for Boston, Pittsburgh, 
Miami and Los Angeles, 20th Century- 
Fox announces that that picture must 
be played separately all down the line 
following its general release later in 
the season. 

: ^^Y DAILY 

Saturday, Jan. 8, 1938 


(Continued from Page 1) 

Commons, will consider a proposal 
sponsored by Mr. Graham White, for 
a subsidy for British films, together 
with a proposal for the revision of 
the cost clause. 

The suggested subsidy, termed a 
British Films Advancement Fund, is 
to be formed from contributions 
from renters of American and other 
foreign films and based on the num- 
ber of times such films are exhibited 
in any film theater in Great Britain. 
Proceeds, it is proposed, will be al- 
located to producers of such Brit- 
ish films which are approved from 
time to time by a committee repre- 
sentative of all exhibitors of films 
in Great Britain as having special 
merit and entertainment value. 

Subsidy amendment to the Quota 
Act, if carried by vote, will allow 
films on which one pound sterling 
per foot has been spent on labor 
costs, but for which the minimum 
figure of 7,500 pounds has not been 
complied with, to be registered for 

Film interests in New York told 
The Film Daily yesterday that they 
look with disfavor upon any provis- 
ion of the Films Bill (Quota Act) 
which combines footage cost and 
minimum cost, for the reason that 
such a proposal is neither, in prac- 
tice, specific in its nature nor cap- 
able of being worked out. 

During the last session of Parlia- 
ment, they point out, there was lit- 
tle fight against a footage cost pro- 
vision alone, but that a fight would 
certainly be put up by U. S. inter- 
ests if cost clause is coupled with 
footage cost. 

Film Trade Practice Hearings 
Set to Start on March 14 

(Continued from Page 1) 

with the United Kingdom, setting 
the date for public hearings for 10 
a.m. on March 14 before the Com- 
mittee on Reciprocity Information 

Imports of motion picture film 
negatives and positives imported 
from the United Kingdom to this 
country are among the long fist of 
products upon which this country 
is willing to grant concessions. The 
present duty rate, according to the 
announcement, on unexposed and 
developed film, except undeveloped 


Norfolk, Va. — David Church, man- 
ager of the Colonial, was married 
recently to Miss Iris Elizabeth 

Winchester, Va. — Elizabeth Oates, 
cashier, Winchester Theater, was 
married recently to Aubrey Mada- 

A "JUM' hom "Ms 



Wood May Remake Hit 

'T'HAT a remake of one of his 
successes of the silent days may 
be Sam Wood's next directorial as- 
signment at Metro was disclosed 
yesterday when several of the old 
hits were selected from the film 
vaults for special screening. 

Among those being considered by 
the veteran director for a modern- 
ized version are "Rookies," the 
record-breaking comedy starring 
Karl Dane and George K. Arthur; 
"The Great Moment," one of Gloria 
Swanson's most important vehicles; 
and "Prosperity," Marie Dressler's 
last picture. 

Hornblow Signs Patterson 

Arthur Hornblow, Jr., Paramount 
producer, has retained Russell Pat- 
terson, famous illustrator, as his as- 
sistant in making plans for "On A 
Tropic Night." Patterson will pass 
on the attractiveness of every girl 
engaged for a part in the picture. 
He will also cooperate with Horn- 
blow in arranging all scenic effects. 

T ▼ T 

Ameche with Crosby 

Don Ameche will be co-starred 
with Bing Crosby in Crosby's next 
Paramount picture, "Harmony for 
Three," it was announced today by 
William LeBaron, managing direc- 
tor of production. 

Double 'Buccaneer' Premiere 
in N. 0.; DeMille Feted 

(Continued from Page 1) 

accommodate important invited 
guests of city and state, was neces- 

Gov. Richard Leche issued a 
proclamation in connection with the 
battle of New Orleans anniversary 
today mentioning "The Buccaneer." 
The city's main thoroughfare, Canal 
Street, was decorated as if for a 
civic event. The Major hired bill- 
boards especially to congratulate 
and welcome DeMille, Historic 
associations gave luncheons in his 
honor which is considered unpre- 
cedented for a film producer. E. 
V. Richards of Saenger Theaters 
Corp. gave a champagne supper 
after the premiere to 250 guests. 

"The Buccaneer" has not been 
off the front pages of local news- 
papers for 10 days, with color copy 
running daily, and columnist Ken 
Gorman giving two columns to 
specials on the subject. Other col- 
umnists followed suit. 

Goldwyn Denies He Opposes 
Korda's Making Outside Pix 

(Continued from Page 1) 

comments on other reports. Gold- 
wyn's contract with United Artists 
is for 10 years with about seven 
and half years remaining It pro- 
vides he is to supply artists for 
all pictures he produces up to 12 
a year, but there is no obligation 
on Goldwyn to produce any pic- 
tures whatsoever. It is reported 
he plans to make "Arabian Nights" 
in Technicolor. 

negative moving picture film of 
American manufacture exposed 
abroad for silent or sound news 
reel is 2 cents per linear foot and 
for exposed and developed film 3 
cents per linear foot. 

With the later emergence of the 
Commerce Department's figures on 
exports the actual "hard negotia- 
tion" of the treaty will actually 
get under way. Industry leaders 
look forward to the final negotia- 
tion of this treaty as solving the 
moot British Quota question. 

Film Critics and Fandom 

Pick Same "10 Best' 

(Continued from Page 1) 

close association with The Film 
Daily's 16th annual survey. 

While running order may differ, 
comparatively few variations in the 
complexion of local "Best" lists 
from the national roster are to be 
noted. Where the latter exists, the 
features "elected" by fans are to 
be found prominently on the na- 
tional poll's traditional Honor Roll. 

Further results of local polls were 
received by The Film Daily yes- 
terday. They follow: 

"Camille," "Lost Horizon," "Cap- 
tains Courageous," "The Good 
Earth," "The Life of Emile Zola," 
"A Star Is Born," "Maytime," "100 
Men and a Girl," "Stella Dallas," 
"Romeo and Juliet." 

Earth," "The Life of Emile Zola," 
"Lost Horizon," "Captains Courage- 
ous," "A Star Is Born," "Romeo 
and Juliet," "Maytime," "The Plains- 
man," "Prisoner of Zenda," "Stella 

Earth," "The Life of Emile Zola," 
"Lost Horizon," "Captains Courage- 
ous," "Romeo and Juliet," "A Star 
Is Born," "100 Men and a Girl," 
"Maytime," "Stage Door," "Prisoner 
of Zenda." 

"The Good Earth," "Lost Horizon," 
"Romeo and Juliet," "A Star is Born," 
"Captains Courageous," "Maytime," 
"Lloyds of London," "Stella Dallas," 
"Camille" and "The Plainsman." 

Additional returns from local polls 
will appear in subsequent issues of 
The Film Daily. 

"Cantor's Son" Held Over 

"The Cantor's Son", produced by 
Eron Pictures, Inc. at the Film Art 
Studios and starring Moishe Oysher, 
is being held over a second week at 
the Walnut theater in Philadelphia 
and will remain indefinitely at the 
Squire theater in New York. Pix is 
being distributed by Syndicate Ex- 


(Continued from Page 1) 

Cross and former newspaperman, 
entered the film industry as pub- 
licity manager for Famous Players 
Film Co. of New England, later serv- 
ing as New England branc man- 
ager for Paramount. In ass. .-ation 
with Abe Montague, Columbia gen- 
eral sales manager, McConville op- 
erated an indie exchange following 
his Paramount post. Afterwards he 
became Columbia's New England di- 
vision manager and joined Columbia 
as national sales supervisor when 
the company became a national or- 

Seidelman is to take Gerry Baum 
along with him to Universal, it was 

Theresa Helburn Spurns 

Dramatist Guild Demand 

(Continued from Page 1) 

that she resign one of her offices. 
Miss Helburn declared that the sug- 
gestion "doesn't seem to be tenable." 
She added that the Guild "is de- 
liberately misinterpreting or distort- 
ing the functions of the Bureau, 
which is not a producing organiza- 
tion and has no intentions of be- 
coming one." "The Bureau," she 
said, "was founded to help young 
authors through the trial period and 
to help them get productions if their 
plays warranted." 

Warner, Muni to Accept 
N. Y. Film Critics Awards 

Jack L. Warner and Paul Muni 
will accept annual awards made by 
the New York Film Critics through 
an international radio hookup tieing 
in with their annual awards' party 
at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller 
Center, New York, tomorrow night. 
Program goes over NBC from 6 to 
6:30 o'clock, EST. 

Warner, in Hollywood, will re- 
ceive the critics' award for the best 
picture of the year which is "The 
Life of Emile Zola." Muni, who is 
in Budapest, will in turn accept the 
award for the year's most outstand- 
ing performance which he contrib- 
uted to "Zola." Various other celebs 
will participate in the affair. 

Resuming Stage Policy 

Boston — The Keith Memorial 
Theater resumed a stage policy in 
conjunction with a feature picture 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — John Boles has been 
ordered to bed by his doctor as a 
result of an attack of influenza 
yesterday. Actor-singer was about 
to begin six-week concert tour in 
the East. 

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VO-/73, NO. 7 



First Week of 1938 Shows Film Business Improvement 


Rep. Drops Sales Chief for "Good Will Ambassador 

Company Plans Three More 

$500,000 Pix, Says 

Herbert Yates 

Post of Republic vice-president in 
charge of sales is to be abolished in 
favor of a "good-will ambassador," 
Herbert J. Yates told The Film 
Daily over the weekend. "Since we 
enjoy the franchise-holding system," 
said Yates, "we have decided to 
name a liaison officer to coordinate 
the field." J. J. Milstein, now on the 
Coast, resigned the sales post Dec. 

Yates declared that Republic's 

(Continued on Page 7) 


Results of local "Ten Best" polls 
held in conjunction with The Film 
Daily's 16th annual national sym- 
posium, made available on Satur- 
day, show the country's amateur 

'Continued on 

Yamins "Hopeful" Parley 

Will Produce Results 

Nathan Yamins, Allied president, 
* is "hopeful" that something will be 
n accomplished at the scheduled meet- 
ng of exhib organization presidents 
;o discuss a fair trade practice pro- 
gram, he said in a letter to the 
[TOA. Yamins indicated that he 
was vitally interested in the con- 
ference, whether he was returned to 
;he presidency of Allied or not. He 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Miami Biz Up 20% 

Miami, Fla. — Paramount Enterprises, 
Inc., and Wometco Theaters, Miami's 
two theater circuits, report increases 
for the year 1937 cf about 20 p.c. over 
1936. The four independent houses, 
the Edison, Seventh Avenue, Cinema 
Casino on Miami Beach, and the Miami 
newsreel, also report a flourishing mid- 
winter business. 

Selznich Demands Delaying Metro Deal 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — It is reported that David O. Selznick's demand that his pictures be 
shown at the Radio City Music Hall is holding up the actual signing of the Selznick- 
Metro deal. However, it is believed that this point will be ironed out and the deal 
finally consummated. 


Newark, N. J. — Suits brought by 
the Ledirk Amusement Co. of 
Orange and by Quemos Theater Co., 
Inc., charging violation of anti-trust 
laws by a number of major film 
firms are scheduled to be pushed 
this month, both in Federal Court. 
Application to have a date for trial 

(Continued on Page 6) 

No merger involving United Ar- 
tists is contemplated, Mary Pickford 
told The Film Daily in an exclu- 
sive interview Saturday, spiking 
varying reports to the contrary. 

"The company," Miss Pickford de- 
clared, "is in sound financial condi- 
tion." The question of product, she 

(Continued on Page 7) 


"Zola" Tops "Ten Best" — Subsidy in Quota Act? 



Thursday saw official announce- 
ment by The Film Daily of results 
of its 16th annual poll to determine, 
through nation-wide vote of critics, 
the Ten Best Pictures of 1937. 
Counting of the 531 ballots, a new 
all-time high for the poll disclosed 
the following selections, together 
with the number of votes cast for 
each: (1) "The Life of Emile Zola," 



London cable toward week-end 
told of preparedness of Graham 
White to press in the Parliament's 
Standing Committee, which will con- 
tinue efforts to frame the Films 
Bill (Quota Act) when Lords and 
Commons reconvene the middle of 
February, a proposal for a subsidy 
for British films, together with a 
proposal for the revision of the cost 

on Page 7) 

Five Pictures in Broadway Holdovers,- 
National Business Reports Encourage 

Exhibs Not Giving a Fair 
Break to Producers — De Mille 

New Orleans — With the slogan, 
"Paramount on Parade World-Wide" 
for their coming sales campaign, 
Paramount home office executives 

(Continued on Page 6) 

John Maxwell, Isidore Ostrer, 

C. M. Woolf Mentioned 

for Place 

London (By Cable) — Two an- 
nouncements in the daily press here 
over the week-end commanded sharp 
interest among American film repre- 
sentatives in the United Kingdom. 

First was the publication of a 
long list of articles selected by the 
U. S. Government for discussion 
during the trade pact talks between 
representatives of the two countries 
when they meet next month. Inclu- 
sion of films prominently in the list 
was hailed with satisfaction and 
the conviction that this subject will 
be brought up early in the pact 

Second was the pronouncement 

(Continued on Page 2) 


Acquisition of servicing companies 
in the metropolitan area and middle 
west is in final stages of negotia- 
tions, it was revealed by L. W. Con- 
row, president of Altec, who Satur- 
day announced purchase of Exhibi- 
tors' Sound Service Co., operating in 

(Continued on Page 2) 

"Marco Polo's" Release 

Now Set Back to March 

Release of "Adventures of Marco 
Polo," originally scheduled for 
Christmas week and later postponed 
to Jan. 21, has now been set back 
until March, it was learned Satur- 

( Continued on Page 7) 

With five Broadway holdovers in- 
dicating sustained and lively inter- 
est by film-going public, figures at i 
end of first week's biz in 1938 
showed healthy comparison with 
corresponding period of last year. 

Main stem reeled to opening of 
"In Old Chicago" at the Astor this 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Bingo, No Pix 

Syracuse, N. Y. — Al Gilbert, neigh- 
borhood operator of two houses has 
finally solved the problem of what to 
do with a "dark" house. Gilbert re- 
opened the Brighton here for a Bingo 
Party and turned them away, no pic- 
tures were shown. 


Monday, Jan. 10, 1938 


Vol. 73 N 

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B. BAHN • ■ 


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Published daily except Sundays and Holidays 
at 1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y., 
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High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 13 13 13 + % 

Columbia Picts. vtc. 15 14% 15 + 1 % 

Columbia Picts. pfd 

Con. Fm. Ind 

Con. Fm. Ind. pfd 

East. Kodak 165 164 165 + 1 

do pfd 

Gen. Th. Eq 13'/ 2 13 13'/ 2 + % 

Loew's, Inc 503/ 4 49% 50% + % 

do pfd 

Paramount 12% 11% 12% + 1% 

Para. 1st pfd 93 Vz 93% 93% + 6% 

Para. 2nd pfd 12 11% 11% + % 

Pathe Film 5% 5% 5% — % 

RKO 43/ 4 4% 43/ 4 + % 

20th Cent.-Fox .... 21% 22 233/ 8 + 1% 

20th Century-Fox pfd 

Univ. Pict. pfd 42% 42% 42% + 2% 

Warner Bros 73/ 8 6% 1% + % 

do pfd 


Keith A-0 6s46 

Loew 6s 41 ww 

Par. B'way 3s 55 

Par. Picts. 6s 55... 91% 91% 91% + % 

Par. Picts. cv. 3%s47 73 723,4 73 

RKO 6s41 

Warner's 6s 39 .... 79 77% 79 + 1 % 


Columbia Picts. vtc 

Grand National .... % % % 

Monogram Picts 

Sonotone Corp 1% 1% 1% 

Technicolor 18% 18 18% + % 

Trans-Lux 2% 234 2% 

Universal Picts 


Bid Asked 

Tathe Film 7 p.'d 

Fox Thea. B!dg. 6%s 1st '36 

Loew's Thea. Bidg. 6s 1st '47 

Met. Playhouse, Inc., 5s '43 

Roxy Thea. Bldg. 6%s 1st '43 

H The Broadway Parade ® 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

Tovarich (Warner Bros. Pictures) — 2nd week Music Hall 

Rosalie (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)— 2nd week Capitol 

Wells Fargo (Paramount Pictures) — 2nd week Paramount 

Submarine D-l (Warner Bros. Pictures) — 2nd week Strand 

Love and Hisses (20th Century-Fox) — 2nd week Roxy 

Wise Girl (RKO Radio Pictures) Rlvoh 

It's All Yours (Columbia Pictures) Criterion 

Crashing Hollywood (RKO Radio) Rja |to 

Tarzan's Revenge (20th Century-Fox) Globe 

Colorado Kid (Republic Pictures) (a) Central 

The Girl Thief (Republic Pictures) (a) Central 

You're a Sweetheart (20th Century-Fox) (a-b) ralace 

Expensive Husbands (Warner Bros. Pictures) (a) Palace 


In Old Chicago (20th Century-Fox) Astor 


Mayerling (Pax Film)— 17th week Filmarte 

Life and Loves of Beethoven (World Pictures)— 8th week 55th St. Playhouse 

Peter the First (Amkino) — 3rd week Cameo 

The Cantor's Son (Eron Pictures) — 3rd week Squire 

Amphitryon 39 (Globe Film Distrib.)— 2nd week World 

The Eternal Mask (Mayer-Burstyn — 2nd week (a).. Belmont 

African Holiday (Principal Film Exchange) — 2nd week (a) Belmont 

En Sage (Nordisk Film) Continental 


Hollywood Hotel (First National Tictures) — Jan. 12 Strand 

Man-Proof (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) — Jan. 13 Capitol 

I Met My Love Again (United Artists) — Jan. 14 Roxy 

The Spy Ring (Universal Pictures) — Jan. 14 Rialto 

Submarine D-l (Warner Bros. Pictures)— Jan. 14 (a-b) Palace 

Merry-Co-Round of 1938 (Universal Pictures) — Jan. 14 (a-b) Palace 

The Dybbuk (Irving Cist) — Jan. 25 Continental 

Every Day's a Holiday (Paramount Pictures) (c) Paramount 

The Affairs of Maupassant (European film) (c) 55th St. Playhouse 

General Without Buttons (Mayer-Burstyn) (c) Filmarte 

Young Pushkin (Amkino) (c) Cameo 

Boy of the Streets (Monogram Pictures) — Jan. 22 Globe 

Helene (French M. P. Co.) (c) Cinema de Paris 

Halka (J. S. Starcewski) (c) Belmont 

(a) Dual bill, (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

Brooklyn and Long Island. Con- 
tracts of latter organization are to 
be transferred to Altec Service 

Larger staff of technicians and 
greater engineering resources are 
being demanded by exhibs, it was 
said by Altec officials, who added 
that regular and emergency servic- 
ing for theaters in metropolitan area 
are being specialized. 

Hub Trust Depositions 

Will Be Taken Jan. 18 


Cutting Roorr 

Moviolas , 


Deposition-taking will be re- 
sumed in New York Jan. 18 in the 
anti-trust suit brought by the 
Morse & Rothenberg circuit of Bos- 
ton against major distributors, it 
was learned Saturday. The New 
England circuit charges that it was 
unable to obtain product for any 
run in several of its houses. Two 
affiliated circuits also are named in 
the suit. 


Outstanding record as circuit exploitation di- 
rector, theatre manager, theatre publicity man, 
press book work and commercial advertising 
manager. Highest character and ability refer- 
ences. Eight years with present employer. Will 
go anywhere. Box 1042, Film Daily, 1501 
Broadway, New York City. 


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that plans are actively under way 
to send a British trade mission to 
Washington. Trade associations 
have consulted their member bodies 
to obtain opinions concerning arti- 
cles on which the U. S. should be 
asked to lower their tariff, and, con- 
versely, to consider what articles 
they feel should be permitted to 
enter Britain on a concession basis. 

Opinion is expressed here that 
one of the articles which will benefit 
Britain most, which the U. S. can 
provide is films, and that concessions 
to permit their entry and distribu- 
tion are virtually sure to be made. 

What will be the personnel of the 
British trade mission to Washington 
was a subject of interesting specu- 
lation, it being pointed out that the 
mission undoubtedly will include a 
high-ranking member of the British 
film industry. The name of John 
Maxwell is being freely mentioned 
in cinema circles here as a leading 
possibility, together with the names 
of Isidore Ostrer and C. M. Woolf. 

Choice of one, and possibly more, 
of this trio appears reasonable since 
it is felt that each is thoroughly 
conversant with both the British 
and American ends of the motion 
picture business. All three have 
played major roles in the agitation 
incident to the pending Films Bill 
(Quota Act), 

cominG nno gong 

SAM E. MORRIS, Warner vice-president in 
charge of foreign affairs, and IRVING ASHER, 
Warner English studio production head, leave 
for New York tomorrow after an extended stay 
on the Coast. Asher sails on the lie de 
France upon his arrival here. 

I. a 

MAJOR ALBERT WARNER is in fca Ja for 
the winter. 

FRANK R. DEAKINS, vice-president; LEWIS 
M. CLEMENT, vice-president in charge cf 
engineering and research, and HARRY L. SOM 
MERER, manager of RCA Photophone Division, 
leave shortly for Hollywood. 

CLINTON M. WHITE, CB assistant general 
manager, is on a tour of the midwest ex- 
changes. He leaves St. Louis today for Chi- 

ARTHUR CREENBLATT, GB eastern division 
manager, returns today from New Haven. 

MARY PICKFORD left for Chicago yesterday 
and from there returns to Hollywood. 

TULLIO CARMINATI returns to New York 
tomorrow after a year's stay abroad. He comes 
in on the Europa. 

CLIFFORD ODETS has returned to New York 
after a short stay on the Coast. 

PATRICIA WILDER has arrived from the 
Coast for a short vacation here. 

FRANK LAWTON leaves by boat for Cali- 
fornia this week, with plans for a three-month 

PHIL KRASNE, Grand National producer, left 
for the Coast Saturday. 

MARLENE DIETRICH plans to come to New 
York in the near future. 

MR. and MRS. BENNY FIELDS (Blossom 
Seely) are staying at the Warwick. 

ANATOLE LITVAK, Warner director, leaves 
for the Coast this week. 

Rights to "Cloistered" 

in Puerto Rico Disputed 

San Juan (By Cable) — Distribu 
tion rights to "Cloistered," said to 
be on exhibition here under title of 
"Esposas de Cristo," are subject of 
a dispute between Vicente Blanco y 
Cia, of Puerto Rico, and Best Film 
Co., Inc. of U. S. 

Best Film Co., represented by 
Phillips & Nizer, declared rights to 
distribute "Cloistered" in U. S. and 
all its possessions, latter specifically 
defined to include Puerto Rico, were 
obtained from Jean de Cavaignic, 
who derived, he said, his rights from 
French producers. Blanco rights to 
Peurto Rican distribution, attorney 
claims, were obtained from Excel- 
sior Films in Buenos Aires. Inspec- 
tion of contracts is to be undertaken 


Familiar with Foreign Film Distribu- 
tion; Single; American. Knowledge 
of at least two foreign languages 
(preferably French and German). 
Box 1041. 


1501 Broadway N. Y. C. 



Monday, Jan. 10, 1938 


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week. Playing on two-a-day basis, 
film is selling seats 10 weeks in ad- 
vance. Strong grosses, demanding 
holdovers, were registered by "Wells 
Fargo" at the Paramount, "Rosalie" 
at the Capitol, "Submarine D-l" at 
the Strand, "Love and Hisses" at 
the Roxy and "Tovarich" at Radio 
C : ty Music Hall. Third week is 
planned for "Wells Fargo," it was 

"Wise Girl" bowed in at Rivoli 
over week-end, and "It's All Yours" 
got going at Criterion after late 

News flashes Saturday from The 
Film Daily correspondents in wide- 
ly scattered cities generally reflected 
the New York situation. Signifi- 
cance was attached to statement by 
President James W. Hook of the 
New England Council that business 
in that industrial area was reviving. 
Reports from the mid-West and 
northwest were also more encourag- 
ing. Box office improvement was 
noted in the Florida and New Mex- 
ico territories. 

Albuquerque, N. M. — The Albu- 
querque Theaters Inc. comprising 
the six theaters, Kimo, Sunshine, 
Chief, Rio, Mission and Mesa report 
an increase in receipts of 10 per 
cent for the three months, October, 
November and December over the 
three preceding months, and an in- 
crease of 20 p.c. over the same 
months of last year. Gain for 1937 
over 1936 is estimated at 10 p.c. 

Conn. Allied to Meet 

New Haven — Allied Theaters of 
Connecticut will hold a luncheon 
meeting tomorrow at the HofBrau 
Haus restaurant, with Joseph F. Reed 
of Washington Depot in the chair. 
Representation of the organization 
at the National Allied Board meeting 
at the Hotel Carlton in Washington, 
Jan. 18-19, will be decided upon. 

Mich. Allied Plans Meet 

Detroit — Directors of the Allied 
Theaters of Michigan, Inc., met last 
week to discuss plans for a regional 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 
the following on their birthday: 

Douglas MacLean Pauline Starke 

Francis X. Bushman Dan Silbert 



• • • MUCH HAS been said and with ample justification 

of the value to the industry of the nation-wide 16th annual 

FILM DAILY "Ten Best" poll which enlisted the co-operation of 

more than 500 professional critics and reviewers and held 

the interest of millions of newspaper and magazine readers 

and radio listeners as the results were announced and 

dramatized over the air waves by The March of Time 

T T ▼ 

• • • BUT and this is mightly important the 

benefits were not restricted to the industry alone the 

co-operating newspapers with special reference to those. .... 

conducting simultaneous local polls jor their readers bene- 
fitted to a marked degree through the cumulative "reader 

interest" developed during the weeks the contests were 

in progress 

T T T 

• • • WE ARE privileged today to tell you exactly what 

newspapers both large and small throughout the country 

think of the national and local polls Remember newspaper man- 
agements are not inclined to go overboard and that they under- 
standably enough maintained a "show me" attitude where 

promotion is concerned Now read on 

T T T 

• • • JAMES S. POOLER, Detroit Free Press: "The 

local contest was plenty of fun even if it snowed this office 

under (we had a feeling of living in an igloo) with 

letters It will be something we will continue annually" 

Barney Oldfield, Nebraska State Journal: "Reaction 

big enough that the paper is committed to do it (local poll) 

bigger and better next time." 

▼ T T 

• • • MERLE POTTER. Minneapolis Journal: "More than 

10.000 contestants entered this year It was the seventh annual 

contest we have conducted" W. E. J. Martin, Buffalo Courier Ex- 
press: "We will be in again next year Circulation director, 

just appointed: business manager, is for it as is the editor" 

Will Baltin, New Brunswick Daily Home News and Sunday 

Times: "There is no doubt of increased reader interest" 

Boyd Martin, Louisville Courier Journal "We had 25 p.c. more 

entries than last year the first year we conducted the poll 

You can see that interest was great" 

T ▼ T 

• • • LOWELL LAWRANCE, Kansas City Journal-Post: 

"This year's contest awakened more reader interest 

than any previous one I believe the announcement of 

the official Best Ten list by THE FILM DAILY 

is the most interesting event of the movie year in 

general news value" Robert Hunter, Daytona Beach News- 
Journal: "We regard the local poll as a good news page 

feature It created a lot of reader interest" Edith Linde- 

man, Richmond Times-Dispatch: "Am going on record right 

now as requesting the privilege of handling the Best Ten 

poll for 1938" To these and hundreds of other alert 

critics and reviewers a hearty "Thank you" for sus- 
tained generous co-operation 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • NEW YORK Film Critics, embracing reviewers on metro- 
politan dailies, presented their 1937 "most distinguished" 

and "outstanding" awards at a cocktail party yesterday from 

5 to 8 in the Rainbow Room, Radio City It was a delightful 

affair with an international radio hookup adding interest 

.... and the Film Critics are to be congratulated 


Today: Intermountain Theater Owners Asso- 
ciation annual meeting, Salt Lake City. 

Jan. 10: Stanley Jacques testimonial dinner. 
Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati. 

Jan. 15: Kansas City Associated Theater Em- 
ployees Ball, Municipal Auditorium. 

Jan. 15: Kansas City Associated Theatr-' ^"Em- 
ployes' revue and ball. Municipal udi- 

Jan. 18-19: Allied States board meets, Wash- 

Jan. 20-22: National Board of Review con- 
ference, Hotel Pennsylvania. 

Jan. 25: Loew's stockholders meeting. 

Jan. 27: Mid-winter convention of the MPTO 
of Virginia, Richmond. 

Jan. 31-Feb. 2: Northwest Allied convention, 
Nicollet Hotel, Minneapolis. 

Jan. 31-Feb. 2: Allied Theaters of the_ North- 
west silver jubilee industry exposition, 

April 25-28: SM.'E spring convention, Ward- 
man Park Hotel, Washington. 

Yamins "Hopeful" Parley 

Will Produce Results 

(Continued from Page 1) 

was hesitant in naming a date 
that would be convenient for him to 
meet with the other presidents be- 
cause of the scheduled election of 
officers at the Allied directors meet- 
ing in Washington, Jan. 18-19. 

No date has been set as yet for 
the trade practice discussions, but 
it is definite that it will not be held 
until after the Washington meeting. 
Ed Kuykendall, president of 
MPTOA, has indicated that he will 
be free to attend anytime after Jan. 
17. The meeting of presidents was 
suggested by Harry Brandt, ITOA 

ATS Policy Unchanged 

Detroit — The American Theater 
Science, Inc., held its annual meet- 
ing of stockholders and directors 
here. No change was made in either 
the policy or personnel of the com- 
pany. James M. Minter, Frank Stu- 
art and W. E. Lyons of St. Clair, 
Mich., were appointed to serve as a 
committee to prepare a program of 
future activities. 


Albert J. Bingham 
Superior, Wis. — Albert J. Bing- 
ham, 53, projectionist at the Palace, 
died last week at his home. He is 
survived by his wife, a daughter, 
three sisters and a brother. 

Mrs. Jennie Abend 

Kansas City, Mo. — Funeral serv- 
ices for Mrs. Jennie Abend, 40, 
wife of Samuel Abend, vice-presi- 
dent and secretary of the Exhibi- 
tors Film Delivery Co., were held 
Jan. 6, with burial at Sheffield Cem- 

Monday, Jan. 10, 1938 



History Makers of 1 937 in the Film Industry 


Birth of infant 
1937 found 
William Goetz 
in a brand 
new role in 
the exec pic- 
ture of 2 0th 
Century - Fox, 
for the direc- 
tors thereof 
had, a few 
days previous- 
ly, made him 
a vice - presi- 
dent of the 
company. Up to that point his title was 
executive assistant to Darryl F. Zanuck 
and Joseph M. Schenck. On June 10, 
the new v.p. left the Coast en route to 
Europe where, for some six weeks, he 
surveyed production advantages and 
conferred with Robert T. Kane, produc- 
tion head there for the company. 


Rounded o u t 
his best and 
biggest year 
since his ap- 
pointment b y 
the Messrs. 
Harry and 
Jack Cohn as 
Col umbia's 
supreme sales 
chieftain. En- 
joyed the rare 
experience o f 
directing sales 
on two of the 
year's best pictures as voted by critics 
nationwide in THE FILM DAILY'S poll: 
"Lost Horizon" and "The Awful Truth." 
With these two classics on the Columbia 
roster, plus other attractions of praise- 
worthy entertainment value, Abe Mon- 
tague's fellow execs decided to name 
the annual drive for sales and billings 
"Columbia's Montague Sweepstakes." 
With this compliment, is it any wonder 
that Abe and his sales staff brought 
home the contracts? 


™ Had his hands 
■ full, — and 
liked it, — in 
direction of 
advert ising 
and publicity 
campaigns for 
his alma ma- 
ter, 20th - Fox. 
which, by-the- 
by, had its 
top year in 
'37, what with 
an excellently 
balanced line- 
up, the Kent Drive, contract records, 
et al, brought record revenue. Summer 
was only half over when the energetic 
Charles E. decided to have his appendix 
removed. Counfounded hospital sur- 
geons by calling the operating room 
"the cutting room" out of habit. Bounded 
back to his desk in great shape. Then 
turned his attention to burning up the 
country with his enthusiasm and cam- 
paign for "In Old Chicago." 

• • RALPH ROLAN • • 

Inaugur ated 
the 12 -month 
span by being 
haled to Chi- 
cago to deliver 
an address be- 
fore the Chi- 
cago Scholas- 
tic Press Guild 
whose 3,000 
members want- 
ed to see this 
comely person- 
age and hear 
his views on 
"Pictorial Journalism," knowing that he 
would have the facts at his fingertips, 
being the vice-prexy of "The March of 
Time" and in charge of that news fea- 
ture since its inception. Later, — in April 
to be exact, — Ralph was nominated for 
the presidency of AMPA and duly elect- 
ed. Then, with October in the immedi- 
ate offing, word flashed that, although 
Time was marching on, Mr. Rolan was 
counter-marching. He did, right over 
to RKO Radio Pictures where he sat 
down at a new desk with a brand new 
title, — special executive attached to the 
sales and advertising departments. 


N. O, checked 
in early with 
Hi news of a 
meeting there 
*H,. of the direc- 
'^m tors of North 
Carolina The- 
aters. Y. Frank 
Freeman was 
duly re-elected 
president of 
that organiza- 
tion. In addi- 
tion to that of- 
fice, the gentleman has been for the 
past five years the vice-president of 
Paramount Pictures, Inc., in charge of 
theater operations. In this latter capacity 
particularly, you will find him dashing 
around the nation ■with gay abandon, 
keeping a watchful eye on company's 
myriad houses. So adept and practiced 
is he as a contact man that Paramount 
decided late last June that he was to be 
the official ambassador twixt the organ- 
ization's several partners. Out Des 
Moines way in December, he addressed 
a conference of 38 Tri-State managers, 
and pledged greater coordination of 
studio and theater managers. 

• SAM KATZ • • 

December, last, 
which was en- 
tirely too un- 
seasonal to be 
tulip time in 
Holland did, 
prove to be 
contract time 
on the M-G-M 
lot, and color- 
ful were the 
To recite them, 
in part, ex- 
cluding a lot of dotted lines on which 
signatures of some undisclosed pro- 
ducers and directors flashed forth, they 
were principally pacts calling for more 
service from Louis B. Mayer, Edward J. 
Mannix and Sam Katz. Now there were 
many reasons for extending the tenure 
of each of these gentlemen. In the case 
of Sam Katz, he had administered af- 
fairs at the company's studios with 
power, precision and pep. One of the 
reported clauses in his new contract was 
particularly gratifying to him, beneficial 
to the company, and, in the eyes of 
Sam's phalanx of friends, a merited re- 
ward. It specified that Sam Katz would 
remain as administrative executive for 
five years more. 


What Tiffany 
is to jewels, 
the discrimin- 
ating Harry 
Sherman is to 
the modern, 
actionful prai- 
rie pix. Para- 
mount's pub- 
lic waxed so 
enthusiastic re 
Harry's "Hop- 
alongs" that 
right at the 
year's outset 
six more of this exciting series, — consist- 
ently studded with scenic beauty, rip- 
roarin' goings-on, and high entertain- 
ment value, — were demanded, and Mr. 
Sherman promptly obliged. Took his stir- 
ring "The Barrier" to the far northwest 
for a smash-bang world premiere. Signed 
J. D. Trop as general manager, and also 
caused to be affixed to a contract the 
sig of Jack Mersereau bringing to the 
Sherman camp scenario strength. The 
versatile Harry also put down pipes to 
make a musical. What next! 

E. Jones to Again Direct 
Central City Play Festival 

Denver — After a two-year recess, 
Robert Edmond Jones will again di- 
rect the annual play festival at 
Central City for 1938. Jones had 
asked to be relieved from his five- 
year contract because of picture 
work. He had directed the festi- 
vals the first four years leaving 
another year to run. No announce- 
ment has been made as yet as to 
this summer's production. 

181 More Firms Join "War" 
on Penn. 44-Hour Week Law 

Harrisburg, Pa. — Dauphin County 
Court this week allowed 181 more 
business firms to intervene in the 
suit brought by the Holgate Brothers 
Manufacturing Co., Kane, against 
the 44-hour week law, which also ap- 
plies to the theatrical industry. 
Among the new petitions to inter- 
vene were 178 hotel companies of the 
state. The act is now before the 
Pennsylvania Supreme Court. 


Logically A. D. 
19 3 7 opened 
with our hand- 
some Harry 
leaping into 
print, and, 
ly, here's what 
happened: He 
rose, bowed 
and avowed 
that m.p. com- 
panies would 
soon begin 
financing Broadway plays; that (a) film 
interests had to venture into the legit 
field to get story material; (b) that such 
ventures were not extremely risky be- 
cause (c) if they got two hits out of five 
shows (which is pretty good slugging 
in any league), their investments would 
be returned with interest. In June he 
journeyed to the Coast with an eye to 
setting major release for impending 
product, and a month later the report 
was rife of his talking "buy-in" with 
several companies. That this prexy of 
Reliance Pictures, Inc., isn't foolin' is 
evidenced by announcement that 1938 
will see filming of "The Women." 


One of Decem- 
ber's develop- 
ments was the 
argosy of this 
film man in 
the advertising 
end of the in- 
dustry from 
where he had 
been ad direc- 
tor of the Chi. 
division of 
RKO, to Uni- 
versal's home 
office to head up that outfit's advertis- 
ing-publicity-exploitation activities, — a 
post made vacant by the resignation of 
P. D. Cochrane. The Joseph career had 
previously included a tenure of four 
years with Publix-Balaban and Katz, 
and film critic for the Chicago Herald 
and Examiner. 


When the Uni- 
versal execu- 
tive shakeup 
burst upon the 
front pages as 
year declined, 
this gentleman 
who is Colum- 
bia's circuit 
sales manager 
was offered 
the post of as- 
sistant sales 
manager for 
UniversaL . To 
the alluring proposition he gave due 
consideration. But on Dec. 7, it was 
learned that Lou, following conferences 
with Columbia's sales chieftain, A. Mon- 
tague, had definitely decided to remain 
with the House of Cohn. And that was 

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Monday, Jan. 10, 1938 


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critics to be sensitive to "box of- 

Additional interesting sidelights 
are provided by the number of non- 
pro, critics whose selections parallel 
the winning 10 in local contests, 
and a lesser group whose selections 
are identical, save for running or- 
der, dith the result of The Film 
Daily poll. 

In the local contest conducted by 
Will Baltin of the New Brunswick, 
N. J., Home News, for example, 
five amateur critics voted for the 
10 films forming the national "Ten 
Best." In Minneapolis, 28 fans 
picked the 10 pictures winning in 
the local poll of Merle Potter of 
The Journal. 

Here are winning pictures in ad- 
ditional local polls: 

Good Earth," "The Life of Emile 
Zola," "Captains Courageous," "Lost 
Horizon," "A Star Is Born," "Stella 
Dallas," "Dead End," "The Awful 
Truth," "Maytime," "100 Men and 
a Girl." 

GRAM: "The Good Earth," "A Star 
Is Born," "Captains Courageous," 
"The Life of Emile Zola," "Stage 
Door," "Stella Dallas," "Lost Hori- 
zon," "Romeo and Juliet," "Winter- 
set " "Camille." 

Life of Emile Zola," "The Good 
Earth," "Winterset," "100 Men and 
a Girl," "Lost Horizon," "Three 
Smart Girls," "Captains Courage- 
ous," "A Star Is Born," "Romeo 
and Juliet," "The Awful Truth." 

"The Good Earth," "The Life of 
Emile Zola," "Lost Horizon," "A 
Star Is Born," "Stage Door," "The 
Awful Truth," "Conquest," "May- 
time," "Romeo and Juliet," "Cap- 
tains Courageous." 

Ledirk, Quemos Are Set 

To Push Anti-Trust Suits 

(Continued from Page 1) 

fixed will be made today by Israel 
B. Green of Newark, counsel for 
Ledirk. Chester K. Ligham, Quemos 
attorney, announced Saturday he 
will ask a trial date be fixed on 
Jan. 15 or shortly thereafter. 

The Ledirk Company, owner of 
the Palace Theater in Orange, and 
the Strand Theater Operating Co., 
former lessee of the Strand in East 
Orange have brought suit against 
Columbia, Paramount, United 
Artists, Warner Bros, and RKO 
groups asking damages totaling $1,- 

The Quemos concern, which for- 
merly operated the Mosque in New- 
ark seeks approximately $3,500,000 
from 27 companies, including those 
named in the Ledirk-Strand action, 
and from 15 individuals. Hearing in 
the Ledirk action was originally 
scheduled for last month but was 
postponed because of absence of one 
of the defense counsel. 


"Swing Your Lady" 

with Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, 

Louise Fazenda, Nat Pendleton 

Warners 72 mins. 



Here is a wild, riotous comedy that 
should provoke a heavy total of laughs in 
any theater. It has refreshingly funny ma- 
terial and has been expertly directed by 
Ray Enright, who has extracted a full 
measure of comedy from every situation. 
Sam Bishoff rates credit as associate pro- 
ducer. Nat Pendleton is superb as the 
goofy wrestler, who falls in love with 
Louise Fazenda, the village blacksmith, 
whom he is supposed to wrestle. Louise 
has never done better work, while other 
funmakers are Frank McHugh and Allen 
Jenkins, as Pendleton's trainers, and 
Penny Singleton, who is in love with 
Humphrey Bogart, Pendleton's manager. 
Another important comedian is Daniel 
Boone Savage, a professional wrestler, mak- 
ing his screen debut. Leon, Frank and 
Elviry Weaver are clever as hillbilly char- 
acters. Savage is finally named as Pendle- 
ton's opponent in place of Louise, and the 
winner is to be given Louise in marriage. 
Louise would rather wrestle, as she was 
to have been paid $100, with which she 
planned to buy a furniture "soot". Pendle- 
ton and Louise fall in love, but Bogart "in- 
forms" her that Pendleton has a wife and 
three children. Much against his will, 
Pendleton agrees to lose to Savage, and 
during the match Bogart receives word 
that the Madison Square Garden wants to 
use the winner. Bogart gives Pendleton 
new signals, and Pendleton loses no time 
in tossing Savage. Joseph Shrank and Mau- 
rice Leo wrote an amusing screenplay, based 
on the play by Kenyon Nicholson and 
Charles Robinson. Four clever songs were 
contributed by M. K. Jerome and Jack 

CAST: Humphrey Bogart, Frank Mc- 
Hugh, Louise Fazenda, Nat Pendleton, Pen- 
ny Singleton, Allen Jenkins, Weaver Broth- 
ers, Ronald Reagan, Tommy Bupp, Sonny 
Bupp, Joan Howard, Sue Moore, Olin How- 
land, Sammy White, Daniel Boone Savage, 
Hugh O'Connell. 

CREDITS: Executive Producer, Hal B. 
Wallis; Associate Producer, Sam Bischoff; 
Director, Ray Enright; Play by Kenyon 
Nicholson, Charles Robinson; Screenplay, 
Joseph Schrank, Maurice Leo; Dialogue Di- 
rector, Jo Graham; Cameraman, Arthur 
Edeson; Songs, M. K. Jerome, Jack Scholl; 
Musical Score, Adolph Deutsch; Director of 
Specialty Numbers, Bobby Connolly; Musi- 
cal Director, Leo F. Forbstein; Editor, Jack 
Killifer; Art Director, Esdras Hartley. 


Houck, TSC Affiliate 

New Orleans — Joy Houck's cir- 
cuit of Joy Theaters in Louisiana 
was reported Saturday to have be- 
come affiliated with the Theaters 
Service Corp., a booking and buy- 
ing organization founded by three 
sons of E. V. Richards. 

The Jones Family in 

"Love on a Budget" 

with Jed Prouty, Shirley Deane, Spring By- 

ington, Russell Gleason 

20th Century-Fox 60 mins. 



The problems which befall that typical 
American family, the Joneses, again makes 
very enjoyable comedy entertainment main- 
taining the high standards set by its pre- 
decessors. The trade which knows the series 
will like this one and it should add many 
new adherents especially among the fam- 
ily trade. The screenplay by Robert Ellis 
and Helen Logan provides a story in which 
real every day people face regular circum- 
stances in a realistic manner. The charac- 
terizations are well drawn with situations 
well developed. A host of them are very 
hilarious and the dialogue bright. Bert 
Leeds' direction is very smooth handling 
the characters expertly. He sets a quick 
moving tempo, and all around he has placed 
the material on the screen in fine style. 
Max Golden served as associate producer 
on this highly creditable show. The same 
cast of very capable players as in the previ- 
ous Jones picture is used here. Jed Prouty, 
the father, Spring Byington, the mother, 
Florence Roberts, the grandmother, and the 
children, Kenneth Howell, George Ernest, 
June Carlson, Billy Mahan and Shirley 
Deane, the last named now being married 
to Russell Gleason. The plot revolves 
around Shirley and Russell and their troubles 
in setting up a household. A new character, 
Mrs. Jones' brother, very well played by 
Alan Dinehart, is introduced and his fast 
talking and loose spending cause the prob- 
lems encountered. He gets Russell to in- 
vest his savings in a money making scheme 
and puts the installment buying idea into 
Shirley's head. These purchases cause a 
short-lived marital rift and by a stroke of 
luck what seems to be a total loss on the 
investment turns out for the best, and 
everything ends happily. 

CAST: Jed Prouty, Shirley Deane, Spring 
Byington, Russell Gleason, Kenneth Howell, 
George Ernest, June Carlson, Florence Rob- 
erts, Billy Mahan, Alan Dinehart, Dixie 
Dunbar, Marvin Stephens, Paul Harvey, 
Joyce Compton. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Max 
Golden; Director, Bert I. Leeds; Based on 
characters created by Katharine Kavanaugh; 
Screenplay, Robert Ellis, Helen Logan; Cam- 
eraman, Edward Snyder, ASC; Art Directors, 
Bernard Herzbrun, Chester Gore; Editor, 
Harry Reynolds; Sound, George P. Costello, 
William H. Anderson; Musical Director, 
Samuel Kaylin. 


"Life Dances On" Feb. 8 

"Life Dances On" is to be Ameri- 
can title of "Un Carnet de Bal," it 
has been announced by A. F. E. 
Corp. Picture opens at Belmont 
Theater Feb. 8 for an extended run. 
Julien Duvivier directed the film 
which won first prize at Venice 
Film Congress. 

"The Old Barn Dance" 

with Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Helen 
Republic Valkis 60 mins. 


There is more of a musical background 
in this new Autry opus than usua' a hut 
enough action has been injected in" a ;he 
picture to keep it moving at a rapid pace. 
Autry sings several pleasing numbers, and 
Burnette has ample opportunity for his 
amusing clowning. Helen Valkis, a new- 
comer to the Autry supporting cast, and the 
rest of the cast are adequate in their 
parts. There is pleasing music in the pic- 
ture and enough action and comedy to 
please the western fans. The story is light 
in value, but it has been worked out 
smoothly with the results you expect. Autry 
is a wandering horse trader who ballyhoos 
his auction sales with a barn dance. He 
is tricked into appearing on a radio pro- 
gram advertising tractors. The company 
takes the tractors back when the ranchers 
fall behind in payments, and Autry is 
blamed by the ranchers. He discovers the 
trick and quits. Helen Valkis, the radio 
station manager, is forced to continue with 
the program using wax recordings. Autry 
promises the ranchers horses to replace the 
tractors, and after some fast action the 
villain is arrested and everything is worked 

CAST: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, 
Helen Valkis, Sammy McKim, Dick Weston, 
Ivan Miller, Earl Dwiro, Hooper Atchley, 
Raphael Bennett, Carleton Young, Frankie 
Marvin, Earle Hodgins, Gloria Rich, Staf- 
ford Sisters, Maple City Four, Walter Shrum 
and his Colorado Hillbillies. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Sol C. 
Siegel; Director, Joseph Kane; Original 
Story and Screenplay, Bernard McConville 
and Charles Francis Royal; Editor, Lester 
Orlebeck; Cameraman, Ernest Miller. 


Exhibs Not Giving a Fair 
Break to Producers — De Mille 

(Continued from Page 1) 

and district managers, prepared to 
return to their posts after a two-day 
sales meeting which closed here 

Saturday's session was largely de- 
voted to a talk by Cecil B. DeMille 
who said that theaters would have 
to co-operate with exhibitors in giv- 
ing the right playing time on big 
pictures. Citing the custom of houses 
to play straight rentals on good 
nights and to save Mondays and 
Wednesdays for percentages, De- 
Mille declared the exhibitors are not 
giving the producers a fair break. 

Citing the added cost burdens of 
unionized studios, DeMille said he 
felt "the theaters should be prepared 
to share part of this burden even 
though the rentals are more than 
the theaters can afford and yet re- 
tain for themselves a profit. If pro- 
duction fails, theaters fail." 

DeMille also pointed out that good 
treatment as to playing time on the 
part of smaller theaters was essen- 
tial since there are 18,000 small the- 
aters and not more than 1,000 large 

Monday, Jan. 10, 1938 




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negative costs had risen from 25 to 
35 p.c. over last year, a figure slight- 
ly below that set by other producers. 
Discussing the present season, Yates 
is>*ifled that Republic would follow 
"l v -:*nhattan Merry-Go-Round" with 
three other half-million-dollar pro- 

Next year's product, he said, 
would probably number 30 features, 
24 westerns and four serials. 

No Merger Involving UA 
Considered — Mary Pickford 

(Continued from Page 1) 

stated, has never troubled UA in 
19 years and will not now. Planning 
herself to undertake production in 
September, Miss Pickford revealed 
that UA will probably have 20 qual- 
ity films for distribution next sea- 

Citing the endorsement of indus- 
try leaders, notably Joseph M. 
Schenck, 20th Century-Pox board 
chairman, Miss Pickford declared 
that there is an absolute need for 
an organization like UA able to 
do things for independent producers. 

"Things will adjust themselves," 
Miss Pickford said. "Our difficul- 
ties have been exaggerated." 

Miss Pickford came to New York 
Friday in connection with a safety 
device for motion picture projectors. 
She left Sunday for Chicago and 
leaves there today for Hollywood. 


"Zola" Tops "Ten Best"— Subsidy in Quota Act? 

Marco Polo's" Release 

Now Set Back to March 

(Continued from Page 1) 

day. Delay is due to production 
and the possible decision to release 
"Goldwyn Follies" ahead of "Polo," 
it was said. 

First runs throughout the country 
were slated to boost admission 
prices simultaneously with the re- 
lease of "Polo," but this move is 
stymied for the time being. 


Syracuse, N. Y. — Gus Lampe, 
city manager here for RKO-Schine 
enterprises, is recovering at the 
Memorial Hospital where he under- 
went a thermoid operation. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — William Dieterle, 
Warner director who was injured 
in an auto accident the day before 
Thanksgiving, will be discharged 
from Hollywood Hospital in about 
a week. His wife, hurt at the same 
time, will remain there a few days 

Winifred Friedman, secretary at 
ITOA headquarters, is due back at 
her desk today after a five-week 
siege of pneumonia. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

Warner Bros., (453); (2) "The Good 
Earth," M-G-M, (424); (3) "Cap- 
tains Courageous," M-G-M, (380); 
(4) "Lost Horizon," Columbia, 
(325); (5) "A Star Is Born," UA, 
(287); (6) "Romeo and Juliet," M- 
G-M, (251); (7) "Stage Door," RKO 
Radio, (235); (8) "Dead End," UA, 
(197); (9) "Winterset," RKO Radio, 
(165); (10) "The Awful Truth," 
Columbia, (160). 

* * * 

On the same night, millions of 
radio listeners heard over the NBC 
Blue Network at 8:30 The March of 
Time's vivid re-enactment of out- 
standing scenes from The Ten Best 
Pictures of 1937, as selected in The 
Film Daily poll. Film interests 
throughout the nation regarded the 
broadcast by The March of Time 
as the outstanding promotional good 
will news "break" of the past 12 

* * * 

On Tuesday, news headlines clar- 
ioned the report that Pandro S. 
Berman was practically certain to 
be asked to take full charge of RKO 
Radio production, following Coast 

* * * 

On Tuesday, Joseph M. Schenck, 
20th Century-Fox board chairman, 
arrived in New York from Holly- 
wood, declaring that net earnings 
for company in 1937 will approxi- 
mate $10,000,000, with bright pros- 
pects that figure will be bettered in 
1938. A similar optimistic view was 
manifest by Darryl Zanuck, studio 

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Other items of interest were: An- 
nouncement by Secretary of Treas- 
ury Morgenthau that for the fiscal 
year ended June 30, last, admission 
tax receipts increased $2,600,000 
over corresponding period preced- 
ing. Total receipts were $19,700,- 
000 as compared with 1936 fiscal 
year's $17,100,000 . . . Word that 
Indianapolis is probable choice as 
scene of next Allied convention . . . 
Samuel Goldwyn was reported talk- 
ing deals with RKO, and that Mary 
Pickford, Charles Chaplin and 
Douglas Fairbanks were offering 
sale of their UA stock to Floyd 
Odium . . . Closing of the Selznick- 
Metro deal loomed as John Hay 

Whitney, SI board chairman, left 
New York for the Coast . . . Nate 
Blumberg was made a director of 
Universal Pictures, Inc., and Uni- 
versal Corp., while William Scully, 
Matthew Fox and J. H. Seidelman 
were named vice-presidents of Uni- 
versal Pictures Co., Inc. . . . Joseph 
A. McConville, national sales su- 
pervisor for Columbia, succeeded J. 
H. Seidelman as company's general 
foreign sales manager . . . Im- 
pending meetings of eight state 
legislatures held little industry in- 
terest as few film bills were expect- 
ed to be acted upon or proposed . . . 
and Boren theater divorce bill was 
put off until House of Representa- 
tives considered general monopoly 
legislation in Washington. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

clause. Subsidy amendment, if car- 
ried by vote of Parliament, will allow 
films on which one pound sterling 
has been spent on labor costs, but 
for which the minimum figure of 
7,500 pounds has not been complied 
with, to be registered for quota. 
American film interests in Britain 
expressed dissatisfaction with the 
combining of footage cost clause 
with minimum cost clause, holding 
plan to be impractical. 
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Japan's officialdom was seen as 
"prepared" to sanction a deal, if 
such can be effectuated in New York 
between H. Kubo and U. S. film in- 
terests, involving the shipment of 
American product to Japan, regard- 
less of the existing ban on their im- 
portation, provided U. S. companies 
will leave film revenues in Nippon 
for a period of three years and ac- 
cept promissory notes and interim 
interest. Proposition was held by 
sources close to the major company 
chief t? ins to be "too risky," al- 
though no formal decision has yet 
been made. 

!JS :£ !J! 

London Daily Express nation-wide 
best pictures poll, modelled after 
that of The Film Daily in the U.S., 
saw Columbia's "Lost Horizon" fin- 
ishing first. Britain's capital also 
reported Paramount's "Wells Fargo" 
and "True Confession" grossing 
heavily there at the Carlton and the 
Plaza respectively. 

Variety Club to Resume 

Detroit — Detroit Variety Club 
will resume its former Monday 
luncheon meetings for 1938 to- 
day with a session in the club- 
rooms at the Book-Cadillac Hotel. 
New committee appointments are 
announced by the new Chief Bai-k- 
er, William Carlson. Henderson M. 
Richey, retiring chief, becomes 
chairman of the ways and means 
committee, while William Flemion 
retains the important post of chair- 
man of the Welfare Committee. 

Berger Joins Law Firm 

David Garrison Berger, New York 
film attorney, has joined the law 
firm of Hastings & Aranow, 84 Wil- 
liam St. He has been active in the 
industry for 10 years, having repre- 
sented both players and business in- 

"Merlusse" Due in March 

French Motion Picture Corp. an- 
nounces that "Merlusse" will have 
its U. S. premiere in New York in 



Registers Ravel Story 

"pIRST claim as screen material to 
the biography of Maurice Ravel, 
whose death recently was front- 
page news all over the world, 
James Kevin McGuinness has al- 
ready registered a script idea along 
with 117 titles, which he has de- 
veloped over a period of the past 
three years. 

With "Bolero" already used on 
the screen, McGuinness' plans now 
are for a straight dramatic narra- 
tive tracing the adventure-packed 
life of Ravel, with possibly an ex- 
cerpt of "Rhapsodie Espagnole" of 
one of his other masterpieces. John 
Barrymore is being thought of for 
the main part. 

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Gottlieb Sells Original 
Alex Gottlieb, member of the Re- 
public scenario staff, has sold an 
original, "Secret Ship" to Colum- 

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Columbia Borrows Walker 

Joseph Walker has been bor- 
rowed from Columbia to photograph 
"The Joy of Living," co-starring 
Irene Dunne and Cary Grant with 
Tay Garnet directing for RKO. 

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Rosita Moreno to Argentine 

Rosita Moreno probably will 
check out of Hollywood in the early 
spring to make a series of three 
pictures in the Argentine. She was 
approached by Louis Amdori about 
a month ago when he was out here. 

Panay Newsreels Send 

Air Express Total Up 

Newsreels and news photographs, 
paced by footage on bombing of 
U.S.S. Panay, led all other commo- 
dities in increased air express ship- 
ments to and from New York in 
December, 1937, with a record of 
905^ p.c. over corresponding month 
last year, according to Railway Ex- 
press survey Saturday. 

Air express from New York car- 
ried in excess of four tons of news- 
reels in 24 hours. By air to Auck- 
land, New Zealand, went shipments 
weighing 100 lbs. 

"Jock" Whitney Reelected 

John Hay Whitney, board chair- 
man of Selznick International, was 
re-elected vice president of the 
United Hunts Racing Association at 
the annual meeting. 


Frederick, Okla. — G. L. Moore, 
Jr., sign artist and operator at the 
Ritz, was married to Miss Evelyn 

St. Louis, Mo. — Maxine Brown of 
Fanchon & Marco's Missouri Thea- 
ter will wed Milton Delmas. 





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Selznick- Metro Deal Once Again Reported as "Cold" 


CEA Will Act on Alternative Stanley Quota Proposal 



A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 


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the year gone 
by. Foughtk 
alien actor 
bill; vowed 
Dickstein bill would raise film rentals; 
urged control of film stars on radio pro- 
grams; was re-elected to head up his 
organization; perceived no benefit at- 
tached to theater divorce legislation; 
and predicted the end of the road was 
approaching for single theater operation. 
Pressed 10-point plan for alleviation of 
conditions held unfavorable to industry 
in general and his exhibitor brood in 
particular. Personally assumed role of 
a traveling salesman, making several 
swings through the U. S. to sell his val- 
uable ideas to his exhib. constituents. 


What (he late 
and blatant P. 
T. Barnum was 
to the lions of 
the Mid-Victor- 
ian, the soph- 
isticated and 
high - powered 
Mr. Dietz is to 
the M-G-M lions 
of present-day 
filmdom. That 
young Mr. Di- 
etz definitely 
out-Barnums P. 

T. is incontrovertibly demonstrated 
{Continued on Page 9) 

by the 

No Cessation Expected in 

Parliament's Quota Act 


London (By Cable)— That Parlia- 
ment's Standing Committee can ex- 
pect no cessation of the difficulties 
which it faced at the past session of 
Lords and Commons with respect to 
framing the Films Bill (Quota Act), 
is freely expressed here by British 
film men who hold that, when Par- 
liament reconvenes about the middle 

(.Continued on Page 4) 


Albany — Modification of the cap- 
ital gains and losses provision of 
the state income tax and continu- 
ance of all other present forms of 
revenue were recommended last 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Zanuck Will Continue 

as Chase Nat'l Adviser 

Possibility of Darryl F. Zanuck, 
20th-Fox production chief, becoming 
a member of the Chase Bank board 
of directors is slight, it was learned 

(Continued on Page 12) 

iV© Odlum-UA Deal 

Chicago — United Artists holdings of 
Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and 
Mary Pickford have not been offered 
for sale to Floyd Odium, Atlas chief, 
it was learned here on the arrival of 
Mary Pickford yesterday. Miss Pick- 
ford leaves for Hollywood today. 


Of an estimated gross of $10,000,- 
000 on Republic's current season's 
product, "there may be no net," Her- 
bert J. Yates told The Film Daily 
in an exclusive interview yesterday. 

"We're looking to build a business, 
not for immediate profit. Soundness 
comes first," he said. 

Disclosing expansion plans, Yates 
declared, "If you cut down or stand 
still, you're out of the picture." Dis- 
cussing the film outlook for 1938, 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Kubo, Japs' Film "Envoy', 
Will Embark for Nippon 

H. Kubo, representative of Japan- 
ese financial interests, who last week 
offered American distributors the 
right to export pictures to Japan on 

(Continued on Page 4) 

SI Deal With Metro Hits Stumbling 
Block Over Separate Selling or" Pix 

J. J. Thompson Succeeds 

Ginsberg In S-P Post 

Murrey Ginsberg, chief booker and 
buyer for the 38-theater Springer 
and Cocalis circuit, resigned yester- 
day, effective immediately. James J. 
Thompson has been named to suc- 
ceed him, it was announced. Gins- 
berg had served with Springer and 
Cocalis for three and a half years, 
one year in the resigned post. 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Reports that the 
Selznick International-Metro deal 
definetly was "cold" persisted here 
again last night. 

Stumbling block, it was under- 
stood, was the reported insistence 
of David O. Selznick, and inferen- 
tially of John Hay Whitney, SI 
board chairman, that the Selznick 
product be sold separately. Whit- 

(Continued on Page 12) 

British Acoustic's Action 

Demands Injunction and 


British Acoustic Films, Ltd., 
wholly-owned subsidiary of Gaumont 
British, yesterday filed two suits in 
U. S. District Court in the District 
of Delaware charging RCA Manu- 
facturing Co., Inc., wholly-owned 
subsidiary of RCA, and Electrical 
Research Products, Inc., wholly- 
controlled affiliate of Western Elec- 
tric, with infringement of patents 
owned by British Acoustic. Injunc- 
tion and accounting of profits are 
sought in the suit which came as a 
surprise to defendants. 

GB has estimated that damages 

(Continued on Page 3) 


Jack Belman, Republic New York 
branch manager, and Harry La Vine, 
Republic Philadelphia branch man- 
ager, are to share post of Republic 
eastern district sales supervisor va- 
cated by departure of Edward 

(Continued on Page 3) 

20th-Fox Not Planning 

Profit-Sharing Adoption 

Twentieth Century-Fox is con- 
templating no action similar to the 
recently announced M-G-M executive 
profit - sharing plan, Joseph M. 
Schenck, chairman of the board, told 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Transfers to Coast? 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Reports that several 
home office departments of a major 
company would be transferred from 
New York to the Coast studio stirred 
industry circles here last night. No 
confirmation was immediately obtain- 
able. It was said that the first trans- 
fers were to become effective in 60 

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1938 

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Kent and Kane to Fish 

Sidney R. Kent, president of 20th- 
Fox) accompanied by Mrs. Kent, 
Robert T. Kane, English production 
head for the company, and Mrs. 
Kane, will leave today for a Florida 
fishing trip. It is expected they will 
stay there about three weeks, and 
will return here the first part of 
February. Kane will return to Eng- 
land when he comes back from Flo- 

Frederick Wynne-Jones 

Dead; Hold Rites Today 

Funeral services will be held this 
afternoon at 2:30 in the funeral par- 
lor of Martin Delaney, Inc., 246 West 
14th St., for Frederick Wynne-Jones, 
former representative for Ufa of 
Berlin and president of Ufa Films, 
Inc., who died on Sunday in the Man- 
hattan State Hospital on Wards Is- 
land. He resigned his post with Ufa 
here in 1932 because of declining 
health, and has been inactive in in- 
dustry affairs since that time. Prior 
to his association with Ufa, he was 
foreign representative for United 
Artists. His remains will be cre- 
mated at Fresh Pond Cemetery, L. I. 
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elsie 
Wynne-Jones, who is in the United 
States, and two sisters who reside 
in Australia. 

Gary Cooper's $370,214 Top 
Movie Star Salary in 1936 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Top movie star sal- 
ary in 1936 went to Gary Cooper, 
records of a House committee 
showed yesterday. Cooper's mark 
of $370,214 gave him first position, 
formerly occupied by Mae West. 
Ronald Colman with $362,500, Clau- 
dette Colbert with $350,833 and Mae 
West with $323,333 followed Cooper. 

Spyros P. Skouras, theater opera- 
tor in N. Y. and California earned 
$341,009 in salary, the report 
showed. Stars who received more 
than $200,000 include: Madeleine 
Carroll, $287,913; Warner Baxter, 
$284,384; Marlene Dietrich, $269,- 
333; Ruth Chatterton, $249,500; and 
Charles Boyer, $249,145. 

Legality Ruling on Chi. 

Anti-Duals Plan Sought 

Chicago — Corporation Counsel 
has been asked to rule on the legal- 
ity of the pending municipal ordi- 
nance designed to ban double fea- 
tures from Chicago theaters. Ordi- 
nance is predicated upon the claim 
that lengthy film programs affect 
health. Request for formal ruling 
came from Alderman Frank Terrell 
whose committee is conducting hear- 

Thomas Buys 3 Houses 

Kingfisher, Okla. — John Thomas 
has purchased the Thomas and Tem- 
ple theaters here from the Griffith 
Amusement Co. and the State the- 
ater from C. S. Humphrey, only 
houses here. Thomas formerly owned 
the Thomas and Temple but sold 
them to Griffith's several years ago. 

"Hurricane" for Rivoli 

"The Hurricane" has been booked 
into the Rivoli Theater, beginning 
Saturday for its first New York 
showing at popular prices. 

Seidelman at "U" 

J. H. Seidelman, late last week 
named Universal's general manager 
of foreign sales, yesterday assumed 
his new duties at the home office. 

Film Study Group To Fete 
De Mille Friday at Waldorf 

Cecil B. De Mille, veteran film pro- 
ducer, will be tendered a testimonial 
luncheon by the Division of Film 
Study of Columbia University in the 
Empire Room of the Waldorf-As- 
toria next Friday at one o'clock. The 
event, which will be attended by nu- 
merous prominent executives of 
filmland, marks De Mille's 25 years 
of distinguished service to the in- 
dustry. It is approximately the an- 
niversary of his production of "The 
Squaw Man." Arrangements for the 
luncheon are under the direction of 
Dr. Russell H. Potter, head of Co- 
lumbia University's Division of Film 
Study. Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler 
will be the principal speaker, and 
Will H. Hays, film industry adminis- 
trator, will preside. 

Hutchinson to Entrain 

for Mexico Saturday 

Walter J. Hutchinson, 20th-Fox 
general foreign manager, leaves 
Saturday by train for Mexico City, 
which is the first stop on his pro- 
jected Central American tour of the 
company exchanges and distribution 
centers. He will take a print of "In 
Old Chicago" with him, and it will 
have its initial showing outside the 
country when he presents it there. 

Hutchinson may include a swing 
through South America in his trip, 
but no plans for an extension of his 
tour have been made at this time. 

Clay V. Hake, assistant foreign 
manager, leaves this Saturday for 
the Coast, and sails for Australia 
on the Mariposa Feb. 2. He will also 
have a print of the picture and it 
will have its first Australasian 
showing in Sydney. 

Hepburn, Grant Signed 

for Columbia "Holiday" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAIIj 

Hollywood — Columbia has signed 
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant 
for leading roles in "Holiday," to be 
made from Philip Barry's play of 
same name. Picture, scheduled as 
one of the company's big ones, is to 
be directed by George Cukor. Ever- 
ett Riskin has been named associate 
producer. Joan Bennett is being 
sought for another important role. 

Bausch-Lomb Files 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Bausch & Lomb Op- 
tical Co. yesterday filed a post-ef- 
fective amendment with the SEC 
listing two new issues. 

The amendment stated that 19,290 
shares of $100 par 5 per cent cumu- 
lative preferred will be issued in 
exchange for 19,290 shares $100 par 
6 per cent cumulative 1st preferred. 

Two hundred thousand shares of 
$10 par common will be reserved 
for conversion of new preferred and 
50,000 shares issued through the un- 

cominG nriD coinc 

SIDNEY R. KENT, 20th-Fox president, MRS 
KENT, ROBERT T. KANE, English productior % 
head for the company, and MRS. KANE, lea- 
today for a three weeks' stay in Florida. 


JACK BARNSTYN, vice-president \ Crane 
National- MONTY BANKS, English \ ^.ducer 
JOHN CAROL, English actor, MRS. LILLIAN 
writer, arrive today on the lie de France. 

IRVING ASHER, English production heac '■■ 
for Warners, FERNAND GRAVET, actor, anc 
JOHN SLOAN, studio production manager foi_^ 
Warners in England, will sail on the He de B 
France Saturday. 

MARY PICKFORD arrived in Chicago yes- 
terday, and leaves for Hollywood today. 

PAT CASEY, producers' labor contact, ar 
rives in New York tomorrow. 

HARRY HELLMAN, Albany exhibitor, and 
his wife, have returned there after a trip 
to the Coast and back by boat. 

ELEANOR POWELL arrives here today 
the Santa Paula for an indefinite stay. 

JEAN HERSHOLT, 20th-Fox star, and his 
wife, left by train for the Coast last night 
after a three weeks' New York vacation. 

TOBY WING is here from the Coast. She 
will appear at the Paradise for two weeks and 
then go to Boston or Chicago. 

LOUISE PLATT, Walter Wanger player, is 
on her way to Ph illy to attend the opening 
of Wanger's new pix "I Met My Love Again," 
on Thursday. 

MARY BRIAN is in New York. 

JOAN CRAWFORD returned to the Coast 
last week-end. 

staying at the St. Moritz. 

ROUBEN MAMOULIAN has returned to Hol- 

JOHN LITEL, Warner player, is staying at 
the Essex House. 

NEIL F. AGNEW, Paramount general sales 
manager, returns today from New Orleans. 

MICHAEL BROOKE, actor, arrives Thurs- 
day on his way to England. 

GRACE MOORE leaves Hollywood today for 
New York to start her engagement at the 
Metropolitan Opera House. 

ARTHUR A. LEE, GB vice-president and 
general manager, left last night for Detroit, 
and continues today to Chicago. 

have returned to the Coast where they im- 
mediately started work on a new Paramount 

WILLIAM BIOFF, Coast head of the IATSE, 
left the Coast yesterday for Washington. 

WILLIAM HAWKS is in New York for open- 
ing of new Fredric March play. 

WILLIAM KEIGHLEY, Warner director, is 
on his way to Honolulu for a vacation. 

OWEN DAVIS, JR., has returned to the 
Coast after playing for some time in a new 
Broadway show. 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 

the following on their birthday: 


Chester Conklin 

Ernest Pascal 

Porter H. Evans 

Monte Blue 

Earl Baldwin 

Dave Davidson ' 


fuesday, Jan. 11, 1938 


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nay amount to between $10,000,000 
ind $20,000,000. Suit is based on two 
jateris for improved mechanism to 
eed-l^i through sound head of pro- 
ectors. These are reported to have 
)een granted in 1926 and 1935 to Ar- 
lold Poulsen and Axel Carl Georg 
Petersen, and subsequently assigned 
o British Acoustic Films, Ltd., for 
nanufacture and distribution. 

Since RCA and Erpi, the latter 
hrough its affiliation with Western 
Electric, supply nearly all of the 
notion picture projection and sound 
jquipment in the U. S., the decision 
)f the court is expected to have_ a 
fundamental bearing on the entire 
ield of motion picture exhibition. 

It is alleged in the suit that re- 
cent improvements in the sound ap- 
paratus manufactured by both RCA 
ind Erpi, the latter through West- 
ern Electric, all use the inventions 
m which British Acoustic holds pat- 
:nts, and that these companies have 
'ilready distributed a large number 
)f projection machines to theaters 
:hroughout the country embodying 
3i;he patented improvements. 

An important item in the bill of 
complaint that names Erpi as de- 
fendant is that, subsequent to the 
ssuance of the first patent to Poul- 
sen and Petersen, the inventors dem- 
onstrated their invention to officials 
-md engineers of Erpi and its affil- 
iated companies, the AT&T Co. 
md the Western Electric, and sub- 
mitted apparatus to them for pur- 
Doses of examination and experi- 

Paul Kolisch is attorney for plain- 
tiff in the matter. 

Lamb Book to 20th-Fox 

"The American Chamber of Hor- 
rors", by Ruth De Forest Lamb, and 
published by Farrar and Rinehart, 
"ias been purchased by 20th-Fox, 
; leal being handled by Florence 


James P. Mastin 

Lexington, Ky. — James Powell 
Vlastin, connected with Charley 
Behlen's Central Kentucky Film 
service, died in St. Joseph's Hos- 
pital, this city, following injuries 
•eceived when his auto struck a 
notor truck, Jan. 7. 

Mrs. Sarah Solomon 

Chicago — Mrs. Sarah Solomon, 
nother of Eddie Solomon, Balaban 
k Katz publicity director, died at 
Michael Reese Hospital. Seven 
:hildren survive. Interment will be 
n Forest Home cemetery. 


with II IL U. DALY 

• • • WE ARE sitting back in utter contentment sipping our New 
Orleans coffee with the chicory motif as we come to the end of a delight- 
ful meal such as only a bon vivant can properly appreciate and 

we are in a reflective, speculative mood come to think of it, our 

entire adventure in New Orleans at the premiere of Paramount's DeMil- 
lian "Buccaneer" as we look back in delighted retrospect, takes on the 
flavor and charm of that superb dinner given by Paramount at the 
famed Antoine's with Cecil B. DeMille as the gracious guest of 

T ▼ T 

• • • THAT DINNER, messieurs and mesdarhes, goes down 
in history for the favored group who attended it as An Expe- 
rience no cross that out AN EXPERIENCE 

how can one insult Antoine after extending himself the way he 
did by referring to one of his supreme culinary achievements in 
anything less than all-cap letters? 

T ▼ T 

• • • IT MARKED the culmination of several days of intensive 
effort on the part of the Paramount men in the fields of advertising and 
publicity from the home office and DeMille's own department pre- 
ceded by weeks of work to set the stage properly combined with 

the intensive efforts of a dozen men in the sales and distribution 

fields and not overlooking the grand job done by the New Orleans 

branch, working with E. V. Richards' staff from several of his theaters 
as they went to town with the world premiere of "The Buccaneer" at 
the Saenger theater 

• • • NET RESULT of all this highly co-ordinated effort 

was a Smooth Performance and thafs the finest compliment 

that can be paid to Showmen everything went so smoothly 

that the guests attending the premiere party accepted it as some- 
thing that just happened but it didn't just happen the 

boys had done their job with skill born of experience as 

evidenced by one single phase of a gigantic job that they put 

over "The Buccaneer" and all that was associated with it, 

including the district managers' convention, never left the front 

pages of the New Orleans papers for an entire week and, 

as any pressagent will tell you, that didn't "just happen" it 

is prima facie proof of a herculean job accomplished by Ex- 

• • • NOW COMES that reflective, speculative mood we re- 
ferred to in our opening remarks to wit here were gathered 

together at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans representatives of the 
sales and distribution, the theater, advertising, publicity and exploitation, 

the studio and the trade press here were veterans in the industry 

many of whom had never met one another before this occasion 

in the course of just a few days we heard differences of opinion ironed 
out between men in different branches of the business wrong im- 
pressions were eradicated understanding and appreciation of what 

the other fellow was trying to do was brought to life a realization 

that we are all a part of One Important Industry and that only by 

broad-gauged understanding of the other man's problems can we go 
forward S-O-O why can't the Paramount Buccaneer Expe- 
rience become Standard Practice in the Industry? 


(Continued from Page 1) 

Schnitzer to join Warner Bros., it 
was announced yesterday. 

Belman is to handle northern New 
Jersey, New York, New England 
and Michigan with La Vine, devot- 
ing his time to Pennsylvania, Wash- 
ington and southern New Jersey. 

Two appointees bring total of Re- 
public sales supervisors to five. 
Others who attended New York home 
office meeting yesterday are: Grovel- 
ed Parsons, western sales supervisor 
with headquarters in San Francisco; 
Max Roth, central sales supervisor 
working out of Chicago; and Hecht 
Everett, southern sales supervisor 
with main offices in Charlotte. 

Republic franchise holders are to- 
day to meet at the home office. 
Among those expected are: Arthur 
Bromberg, Atlanta; Herman Rifkin, 
Boston; Jack Berkowitz, Buffalo; 
Nat Lefton and Jack Jossey, Cleve- 
land and Cincinnati; William G. Un- 
derwood, Dallas; James Alexander, 
Pittsburgh; Bernie Mills, Albany; 
Herman Glucksman, New York; and 
Sam and Jake Flax, Washington. 
Sales supervisors are also to attend. 


Charles Mersereau, Jay Emanuel 
Publications' New York representa- 
tive, and father of Don Mersereau, 
general manager of The Film 
Daily, is confined to his home at 
Piermont, suffering from internal 
injuries. Mersereau was hurt when 
hurled against a bus seat when the 
vehicle stopped abruptly. 

Oklahoma City — Jimmy Burge, 
manager Tower Theater, has re- 
covered from a siege of pneumonia. 

« « « 

» » » 

Cincinnati — Phil Semelroth, Se- 
melroth Circuit, Dayton, O., is con- 
fined to the hospital, convalescing 
from a six weeks' illness. 

Omaha — A. "Ted" Mendenhall, 
Paramount branch manager, who 
has been on the sick list for sev- 
eral months, has gone to Arizona 
for a rest, following a tonsilectomy. 

Omaha — Ernest Epley, an official 
of the Western Theater Supply Co., 
injured two months ago in an auto 
accident, will be out of the hospital 
by Feb. 1. He expects to be back 
to work by April 1. 

Omaha — Al Hill, Universal book- 
er, has been on the sick list. 

Omaha — Charles Williams, presi- 
dent of the MPTOA of Nebraska 
and Western Iowa, has been kept 
home by a cold. 


Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1938 



(Continued from Page 1) 

night to the State Legislature by 
Gov. Herbert H. Lehman in submit- 
ting a tentative budget for 1938-39 
of $385,824,459.17. 

Insistence upon adherence to the 
pay-as-you-go policy in financing 
unemployment relief was voiced by 
Governor Lehman. In view of the 
recent pronouncement by Republican 
members of the Legislative Commit- 
tee on State Fiscal Policies, a strenu- 
ous effort may be expected to scrap 
the Governor's policy on this matter 
through the introduction of legisla- 
tion designed to bring- about a 2 per 
cent sales tax or amusement admis- 
sion tax throughout the State. 

Of major importance to the indus- 
try was the Governor's recommenda- 
tion for a change to "stabilize State 
revenue" through amendment to the 
capital gains and losses. Governor 
Lehman suggested that capital gains 
and losses be segregated from or- 
dinary net income; that a separate 
calculation should be made of in- 
come from the sale of capital as- 
sets; that capital losses should be 
deductible only from capital gains 
and that taxpayer's net capital gain 
be taxed according to the existing 
income bracket schedule at one-half 
of the rate now prevalent. 

Included in Governor Lehman's 
expected revenue receipts is the sum 
of $300,000 from motion picture cen- 
sorship, same as in former years. 

H. J. Yates is Uncertain 
About Profit for Republic 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Yates said, "The industry will con- 
tinue to grow more profitable than 
in years past." 

Yotes leaves for the Coast late in 
the week. 

New Miami Producing Co. 
Plans to Make Westerns 

Miami — United Film Enterprises 
has been organized here, with head- 
quarters at 417 Security building. 
Company will produce Westerns for 
general release and productions 
suited for the state right and road- 
show markets. Both 35mm. and 16 
mm. releases are planned. 

"Passes, Gentlemen" 

Columbus, O. — ITO of Ohio is urg- 
ing its members to issue annual passes 
to members of the legislature who 
live in their communities. The or- 
ganization believes that such a gesture 
will help the ITO to maintain its 
friendly relationship with the law 
makers. In the current issue of the 
ITO's Service Bulletin, it is pointed 
out that theaters which do not have 
annual passes can obtain uniform 
passes from the association's office 
which has had a quantity of forms 

A "JUttU" fam "£ots 



Banquet for Whiteman 

pAUL WHITEMAN will be offi- 
cially honored by Warners at a 
banquet tendered tomorrow night in 
the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambas- 
sador Hotel. It's sponsored by the 
music publishing- division of the 

Among those who will attend 
will be Rosemary and Priscilla 
Lane, Al Warren and Joe Dubin, 
Johnny Mercer and Dick Whiting, 
Jack Scholl and Moe Jerome, Arty 
Mellinger, Lucky Wilbur, Jack 
Archer, Rocco Vocco, Mose Gumble, 
Johnnie Davis, Leo Forbstein and 
Arthur Schartz. 

T T T 

Again Talisman Studios 

The studio, known as Hollywood 
Studios under the Horn-Gebber re- 
gime, is again being run by its own- 
ers, Talisman Pictures Corp. and 
the studio is being- called Talisman 
Studios with John F. Meehan, man- 

Editing "Rangers Roundup" 

Robert Jahns has been signed as 
film editor of "Rangers Roundup," 
which Jed Buell is producing for 
Stan Laurel Pictures, Inc. The pic- 
ture stars Fred Scott and is released 
by Spectrum Pictures Corp. 
t t r 

Aherne's 2- Year Pact 

Brian Aherne has been signed by 
Milton Bren of Hal Roach studios 
to the first term contract since the 
end of his first contract with M-G- 
M. This is a two-year contract. 
» » » 
WB Retains Krims 

Warner Bros, picked up the re- 
newal option on Milton Krims, sce- 
narist, three weeks bofore the ex- 
piration. He is starting on his third 
year with the Burbank studio. 

T T ▼ 

"World's Fair" for Mono. 

Monogram will produce "World's 
Fair" an original by Stephen Howes 
on next year's schedule. 

20th-Fox Not Planning 

Profit-Sharing Adoption 

(Continued from Page 1) 

The Film Daily before his depar- 
ture for the Coast. "Executives of 
our organization are all satisfied 
with the present set-up, and there 
is no reason for any change", 
Schenck said. 

Possibility of Alexander Korda 
producing pictures in England for 
20th-Fox was dismissed as a "ru- 
mor" by the board chairman, who 
added that the present English set- 
up under the leadership of Robert 
T. Kane was eminently satisfactory. 

Metro Australian Sales 

Reps. Will Arrive Today 

Godfrey Levy and A. H. Kellner, 
M-G-M sales representatives in Aus- 
tralia, are due in New York today, 
the trip a reward for exceeding their 
quotas in the company's foreign 
sales contest. Kellner and Levy are 
among the 40 winners from all 
parts of the globe who were award- 
ed trips to New York and Holly- 

Those who have already visited 
the U. S. are Eddie O'Connor of 
Havana, Cuba; Leo F. Berger of 
Prague; Tom Connors of Manches- 
ter, England, and A. F. Gibson of 
Glasgow, Scotland. 

Due to arrive shortly are J. C. 
Squier and D. King of England, 
Dave Lake and Bill Forster of Aus- 
tralia, and Jimmy Johannsen of 

Dave Blum of M-G-M's foreign 
department in New York explained 
that the winners will be arriving at 
different periods in order not to 
disrupt the foreign sales staffs at 
one time. 

Kubo, Japs' Film "Envoy", 
Will Embark for Nippon 

(Continued from Page 1) 

a three-year promissory note basis, 
has left for the Coast and will sail 
this week for the Orient. He will 
report the result of his discussions 
to the Japanese interests while the 
foreign department heads of the 
American companies take the mat- 
ter under advisement. 

Meanwhile, American producers 
have notified their representatives in 
Tokyo to check all details of the 
proposition from their end. Although 
the producers do not look on the 
plan favorably, they may accept it 
on a modified basis rather than lose 
the Japanese market entirely. 

It is understood tht Japan will lift 
the present ban on foreign pictures 
providing distributors accept prom- 
issory notes, extending over three 
years, in lieu of immediate cash re- 

Fight Against Griffith 

House Taken to Courts 

Minneapolis— H. L. Griffith's fight 
for permission to build a, theater 
on Hennepin avenue finally has 
reached the courts. Griffith had suc- 
ceeded in obtaining a license from 
the City Council, and had started 
construction when District Judge 
Vince A. Day granted a restraining 
order against the city. 

Order was granted on the com- 
plaint of Max Yeager, member of 
Temple Israel synagogue, which is 
located within 100 feet of the pro- 
posed house. 

Hearing on the order was set for 
Jan. 17. 



(Continued from Page 1) 

of February, the legislation will be 
even further from solution than at 
adjournment time just prior to 
Christmas. 4T 

Since then, the situation hk^ be- 
come considerably more complicated 
through new suggestions from var- 
ious wings of the industry, and the 
refusal of others to budge from 
stands already taken. 

Tomorrow CEA's General Council 
will meet, and, among order of busi- 
ness, is slated consideration of a let- 
ter recently sent to the industry by 
Oliver Stanley, president of the 
Board of Trade, in which he outlined 
plans to allow all surplus British 
films not registered by renters to 
count double for exhibitors' quota. 
What CEA's attitude will be toward 
the Stanley scheme is reported to be 
a foregone conclusion inasmuch as 
C. P. Metcalfe recently crystallized 
CEA feeling when he said that the 
proposal of Stanley had more po- 
tentialities for evil than good. Fur- 
ther evidence of the lack of sentiment 
among organization's members is 
apparent in the fact that no special 
meeting of CEA has been called to 
discuss the matter. 

During Parliamentary recess one 
amendment of importance, which has 
been relatively overlooked, appears 
sure to come before the Standing- 
Committee at an early date, namely 
the proposal on cooperative booking- 
providing that "a license authoriz- 
ing a person to carry on business as 
a renter in Great Britain shall be 
subject to the condition that, in car- 
rying on such business, no embargo 
shall be placed upon cooperative 
booking of films by any group of 

A bitter fight on this proposal is 
expected to be waged by the KRS 
which has never altered its vigor- 
ous disapproval of this form of book- 


Lee to Hold GB Sales 

Meet In Chi. Thursday 

Arthur A. Lee, GB vice-president 
and general manager, is to hold 
sales meeting in Chicago on Thurs- 
day, conferring with Clinton M. 
White, assistant general manager, 
and R. W. Selig, GB district man- 
ager with headquarters in Denver. 
Lee left last night for Detroit. He 
continues to Chicago today. In both 
cities he is to arrange screenings of 
"Look Out for Love," starring Anna 

Special Delivery 

Don't look now but that's Capt. 
Jimmy Rosen, uncrowned king of "lit- 
tle people," delivering publicity ma- 
terial on RKO's "Snow White and the 
Seven Dwarfs." Capt. Rosen and his 
lilliputian staff are reported to have 
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Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1938 


History Makers of 1 937 in the Film Industry 

(Continued from Page 1) 
fact that the latter had a whole menag- 
erie full of the big beasts, while the 
former has only Leo, Sr., and little Leo, 
Jr. However, Howard creates audiences 
of such proportions, that, by comparison, 
Mr. Barnum's ballyhoo-made crowds 
pai_".io insignificance. As Loew's pub- 
lic ~ \.avertising-exploitation marshal he 
guided in 1937 the public destinies of a 
number of the year's epochal films. Found 
time in leisure moments to pen stage 
shows, lyrics, songs and smart literary 
tid-bits. Won the FILM DAILY'S annual 
award as the most versatile gent at 
the Golf Tournament. In January, 1937, 
he wed the former Mrs. Tanis Guiness 
Montague in Juarez, Mexico. 

• • SOL LESSER • • 

Made the New 
Year's resolu- 
tion that 1937 
was to be a 
year of bigger 
and better 
things for his 
Principal Pro- 
ductions, Inc. 
Started right 
out by signing 
Oscar Straus 
to write the 
music for 
"Blue Boy." 

That was Sol's highlight for the Winter. 
Then when Spring blew in, he non- 
chalantly announced he would probe 
into his poke for a mere $3,500,000 to 
make 10 features and build a tidy lit- 
tle studio to boot. Well, Sir, when the 
first good heat wave of Summer hung 
over the land, he got hot again and 
coolly grabbed the production rights to 
two dozen Burroughs yarns re that fa- 
mous, he-man character, Tarzan. But it 
was not until Autumn that our hero got 
really into his stride, making pictures 
right and left (all of which were de- 
cidedly right) for RKO and 20th Century- 
Fox. Decided also to do a bit of ex- 
tra-curriculum producing for the "open 


When England 
staged its 
great pageant, 
the Coronation 
of George VI. 
Truman Talley, 
vice - president 
and general 
manager of 
M o v ietonews. 
Inc.. and pro- 
d u c e r of 
M o v i e t on e 
News, de- 
cided he would 
make the most of this gala event. So to 
Britain he went in person, there super- 
vising the production of both the black- 
and-white spot-news scenes and a three 
reel feature of the ceremonies in Techni- 
color. Hurtled into headlines, too, during 
'37, via his coverage and distribution of 
the Hindenburg disaster; the undeclared 
Sino-Japanese hostilities, and particularly 
the attending Panay incident which was 
photographed by his veteran employee. 
Cameraman Eric MayelL 

• • 


• • 

S t r e n uously 
advocated de- 
sexing films to 
make them 
more whole- 
some and sub- 
stantial, and his 
advocacy car- 
ried consider- 
a b 1 e weight, 
inasmuch as 
he is general 
sales manager 
of RKO Radio, 
and a compa- 
ny v.p., having his fingers right on the 
public pulse. In April the announce- 
ment came that Mr. Levy and his sales 
lieutenants had boosted RKO sales by 
30 per cent. Two months later, brought 
the organization's sixth annual and third 
international sales convention, held in 
Los Angeles, with Mr. Levy presiding. 
One of the conclave's interesting high- 
lights was announcement that half of 
exhibition outlet possibilities had been 
closed. As the year moved along, he 
grew pardonably excited at prospect of 
marketing Walt Disney's first cartoon 
feature, "Snow White." 


Completed his 
15th year, and 
his banner 
one, of asso- 
ciation with J. 
E. Brulatour, 
Inc., whose 
vice - president 
and general 
manager he is. 
That it was 
his banner 
year can read- 
ily be deduced 
via 1937 sta- 
tistics which show that the rise in the 
number of big productions vastly in- 
creased sales of raw stock, and bigger 
pictures mean increased footage in the 
original shooting as well as a greater 
number of prints subsequently. Last 
August, when Eastman Kodak, with 
whom Bill began his meteoric career in j 
1906, announced a 24-week net of $11,- 
475,066 there was no way of computing 
what increment of this figure resulted 
from his personal driving power, but 
you can be sure of one thing, to wit: 
without this astute young exec and his 
immediate cohorts the "net haul" would 
have been lighter. 

Musart to Make Shorts, 
Features In the 


Musart Film Productions, Inc. is 
preparing a series of 12 short sub- 
jects and two features for the 1938- 
9 season to be produced at the Pro- 
ducers' Service Studios at Ridge- 
field, N. J. The first two shorts will 
be musical romances built around 
the famous Russian Gypsy song, 
"Ochi Chernye" (Dark Eyes) and 
"Two Guitars". 

Production will begin early in 
February with Edgar Ulmer direct- 
ing and Michael J. Gann in charge of 
production. Gann was formerly pro- 
duction chief with the Avramenko 
Film Co. which produced "The Girl 
from Poltava," a Ukrainian opera. 

Warners Starting Radio, 

Fashion Photo Services 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAIL.V 

Hollywood — Warners' studio pub- 
licity department yesterday inaug- 
urated its new Hollywood news ser- 
vice for small radio stations, with 
498 stations and commentators 
slated to receive the initial release. 
Called "Five Minutes in Hollywood", 
it covers Hollywood gossip and fea- 
turettes. Bob Taplinger supervises. 

"In Old Chicago" Starts 

In Chicago on Jan. 27 

Chicago — Premiere of "In Old Chi- 
cago" here has been set for Jan. 27 
at the Apollo Theater. 

Sears Drive 21 % Ahead 

Net billings rung up during the 
first two weeks of Warners' Sears 
Sales Drive were 21% ahead of the 
record number registered during the 
first two weeks of the drive the pre- 
vious year, the company reported 

Grad Sears, distribution chief, is 
now in Hollywood conferring with 
Harry M. Warner, Jack L. Warner, 
Hal Wallis, Sam E. Morris and Char- 
ley Einfeld on product to be placed 
in release during the drive, which 
runs to April 16. 

New fashion photo service will be 
launched by Warners publicity de- 
partment today when 204 newspa- 
pers throughout the country will re- 
ceive the first release. 

Para. Without Interest 

In Hughes World Flight 

Reports printed elsewhere that 
Howard Hughes would produce an 
aviation picture for Paramount were 
denied yesterday by Russell Holman, 
New York production head. Accord- 
ing to the report, the picture was to 
depict the history of aviation and 
that Paramount would spend $2,- 
000,000 on its production. 

It is understood that Hughes is 
planning a round-the-world flight, 
but Paramount is not connected with 
the venture, it was said. 

73 More "Hotel" Dates 

With the addition of 73 dates, 
Warner Bros.' "Hollywood Hotel" 
will open simultaneously in 121 key 
situations this week. The features 
will be nationally released on Jan. 

• • LEE MARCUS • • 

Celebrated his 
fourth anniver- 
sary as a pro- 
ducer of pix 
under the RKO 
banner, and 
his 16th year 
of activity in 
the motion pic- 
ture industry. 
In his role of 
assistant pro- 
duction mana- 
ger at the com- 
pany's Coast 

studios, he contributed very definitely to 
success of pix-making there in 1937. To 
him individually are credited several fea- 
tures, namely, "We're on the Jury," "On 
Again-Off Again" and "High Flyers." 
RKO's production plans for 1938 promi- 
nently record and call for the Marcus 


Here we have 
a n industry 
paradox, — a 
gentleman with 
a rural twist 
to his name, 
who, at the 
same time, is 
one of those 
excessive rari- 
ties, — a native 
New Yorker. 
This smooth, 
powerful and 
youthful exec, 

who is assistant sales manager for Co- 
lumbia Pictures, played an important part 
in his company's gross success during 
1937, handling with care and enthusiasm 
his outfit's complete catalogue, as one of 
the chief aides de camp of A. Montague. 
Rube took his usual interest in the ex- 
change mechanisms of Columbia, con- 
tinuing to perfect them. It will be re- 
membered that it 'was he who assisted 
prominently in originally nationalizing 

• • HARRY GOLD • • 

Gold, they say, 
is where you 
find it. In the 
case of Harry, 
he was found 
invariably a t 
his desk in 
New York, 
h a m m e r i ng 
away and con- 
sequently pil- 
ing up profits 
for the cohorts, 
of United Ar- 1 
tists, for which 

company he is Eastern and Canadian 
sales manager. Undisrracted by all the 
fanfare attending the Goldwyn-Korda 
deal, and other negotiations involving his 
outfit, he pulled no punches in the whirl- 
wind George J. Schaefer Drive, to the 
success of which he handsomely con- 
tributed. The returns from his U. S. ter- 
ritory and our friendly neighbor to the 
north, prove it. 



Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1938 

* ^V REVIEWS Of THE flEUJ FILfflS t? ik 

"The Buccaneer" 

with Fredric March, Franciska Gaal, 

Margot Grahame, Akim Tamiroff 

Paramount 1 Hr., 30 Mins. 


When we say it was made for enter- 
tainment only we are paying DeMille the 
finest compliment, for here is surging, 
swashbuckling, colorful, romantic adven- 
ture that is cunningly contrived to give 
the crowd as well as the intelligent upper 
strata an hour and one-half of excitement 
and suspense that never goes too serious 
and at the same time gets over the pa- 
triotic fervor of those parlous times when 
Andrew Jackson's army with the help of 
Jean Lafitte's buccaneers of the bayous 
drove the British army back from New 
Orleans. Craftsmanship and showmanship 
stand out sumptuously and prodigally in 
every department of production. One of 
the outstanding DeMillian achievements 
in this production is the superb manner 
in which he has brought to life on the 
screen the pulsing, boisterous atmosphere 
of the period. Here is a picture in which 
the audience completely loses itself and 
becomes excited as the stirring events un- 
fold. The picture contains some of the 
most magnificent hokum bits ever pro- 
jected on a screen, combined with sound, 
brilliant craftsmanship that sets this pro- 
duction apart as a skillful example of di- 
rectorial achievement. For once we have 
a picture where as far as the leading play- 
ers are concerned it is every man for him- 
self, and if you can steal a scene, why, 
go ahead and steal it. For that's what the 
public wants and why not give colorful 
characters a chance to strut their stuff in 
an historical romantic period where every- 
body was doing something worth looking 
at before movies were born and only a star 
is allowed to do anything. DeMille must 
have thought so, for he allows Franciska 
Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Walter Peavey, Hugh 
Sothern and a dozen of the swashbuckling 
buccaneer characters to grab off scene after 
scene to the utter delight of audiences 
accustomed to see the star as a miracle 
man or girl who does everything. And 
this is no disparagement of the work of 
Fredric March. He had plenty of fat 
scenes, and went to town with them bril- 
liantly. In the final analysis, it is this 
building up of individual parts and scenes 
that keeps the picture engrossing, vital 
and tumultously alive right through to 
the final frame. We can recall no picture 
outside of a few spectacular films where 
so many members of the cast contribute 
so much to the enjoyment. There are a 
couple of dozen bit parts that are so good 
that they deserve individual mention. Suf- 
fice it to say that the members of a 
long cast right down to the smallest part 
turn in performances that are a delight 
and evidence enormous preparation and 
rehearsing to attain the final result. We 
are not sending this in as an epic. Merely 
as a grand audience picture for any type 
of theater where folks just want out-and- 
out entertainment. Here is a picture that 
meets the qualifications of that phrase, 
"all-around appeal." Romance, drama, ex- 
citement, sentiment, pathos, beauty, charm, 
and above all, delightful comedy that 

| "Paroled— To Die" 

with Bob Steele, Karl Hackett, Horace 

Murphy, Kathleen Eliot 
Republic 55 mins. 


This is a typical blood and thunder west- 
ern with villains, double crossing, gun fights 
galore, fist fights, bank robberies, romance 
and a few other odds and ends put to- 
gether in a fast moving pix that will please 
the western fans and the kids. Bob Steele 
is his usual slam-bang self, and he mer- 
cilessly pursues the villains and swats them 
around in a thorough and convincing man- 
ner. Karl Hackett makes a hissable villain 
and Kathleen Eliot provides the romantic 
interest, with Horace Murphy adequately 
filling the role of an investigator. The 
rest of the cast fit their roles perfectly. 
Hackett's gang rob his bank and plant evi- 
dence which will convict Steele. He is 
pardoned by the Governor, who has been 
informed of what has actually happened by 
Murphy. Hackett realizes that the jig is 
up and he flees the scene with Steele in 
hot pursuit. Everything is straightened out 
in the end of the picture, with Steele 
getting the villain and winning the girl. 
There is enough fast action in this one to 
please the most rabid of the western fans. 
Some of the locations are exceptionally 

CAST: Bob Steele, Karl Hackett, Horace 
Murphy, Kathleen Eliot, Steve Clark, Budd 
Buster, Sherry Tansey, Frank Ball, Jack 

CREDITS: Producer, A. W. Hackel; Di- 
rector, Sam Newfield; Original Story, Harry 
F. Olmstead; Screenplay, George H. Plymp- 
ton; Editor, Roy Claire; Cameraman, Robert 



comes to the audience through the work 
of a dozen different characters. Tamiroff 
and Franciska Gaal along with March 
easily lead the parade in fast company. 
Fine musical score by George Antheil. 
The sets and props, including two square 
rigged warships of the 1814 period, are 
the last word in colorful authenticity. 
A sure money picture anywhere. 

CAST: Fredric March, Franciska Gaal, 
Margot Grahame, Akim Tamiroff, Walter 
Brennan, Anthony Quinn, Ian Keith, Doug- 
lass Dumbrille, Robert Barrat, Fred Kohler, 
Hugh Sothern, John Rogers, Hans Steinke, 
Stanley Andrews, Spring Byington, Montague 
Love, Eric Stanley, Gilbert Emery, Holmes 
Herbert, Evans Thomas, Michael Brooke, 
Thaddius Jones, Reginald Sheffield, Eugene 
Jackson, Davison Clark, Ivan Miller, Louise 
Campbell, Jack Hubbard, Evelyn Keyes, Lina 
Basquette, Luana Walters, J. P. McGowan, 
Barry Norton, Charles Trowbridge, Alex Hill, 
George Reed, Mert LaVarr, Melville Ruick, 
Philo McCullough, Ethel Clayton, Gloria 
Williams, Jim Dundee, Buddy Roosevelt, 
Pearl Adams, John Patterson, Lee Prather, 
Loulette LaPlante, Edward Brady, J. M. 
Sullivan, Lita Marty, Maude Fealy, Robert 
Terry, Roy Flynn, Harry Woods, Jack Ruth- 


with Myrna Loy, Franchot Tone, Rosalind 

Russell, Walter Pidgeon 
M-G-M 74 Mins. 


Nothing has been stinted in this new 
M-G-M picture, with a fine cast and a 
smart production job, but the story never 
reaches a tempo that arouses any great in- 
terest as there is too much dialogue and 
too little action. However, the fans who 
go for the brightly dialogued, modern, 
sophisticated type of pix, will file past 
the B.O. to see this one. Myrna Loy ade- 
quately fills the top role, and she gets 
excellent support from Franchot Tone, 
Walter Pidgeon and Rosalind Russell, but 
the best efforts of this bright cast are 
suffocated by the overabundance of smart 
talk. Director Richard Thorpe has done 
everything possible with the slow-paced 
story, and the photography job turned in 
by Karl Freund is exceptionally good. 
Myrna is jilted by Pidgeon, who marries 
Rosalind Russell, who has a rich father. 
Tone, a cynical newspaperman, tells Myrna 
that Pidgeon is no good, but she still 
believes that she is in love with him. 
Myrna goes out with Pidgeon and imagines 
that she will recapture her romance, but 
when Miss Russell shows up and paints 
a picture of Pidgeon that she has never 
seen before, as to his true character, he 
admits he doesn't love her. She goes to 
Tone for advice, and finally after an all- 
night ride in a car she realizes the next 
morning that she has been in love with 
him all the time, so everybody is happy, 
including her mother, Nana Bryant, who 
has been boosting Tone all along. Miss 
Bryant is effective as the novelist mother 
who can't work out her own daughter's 
problems, but continually hopes for the 
best. It is unfortunate that such a fine 
cast has been submerged by a story that 
never allows them to appear at their best. 

CAST: Myrna Loy, Franchot Tone, Rosa- 
lind Russell, Walter Pidgeon, Nana Bryant, 
Rita Johnson, Ruth Hussey, Leonard Penn, 
John Miljan, William Stack, Oscar O'Shea, 
Dan Toby. 

CREDITS: Producer, Louis D. Lighton; 
Director, Richard Thorpe; Novel by Fanny 
Heasfip Lea; Screenplay, Vincent Lawrence, 
Waldemar Young and George Oppenheim- 
er; Editor, George Boemler; Cameraman, 
Karl Freund. 


erford, Carey Harrison, Charles Brokay, 
Paul Fix, Leyland Hodgson, James Flavin. 

CREDITS: Producer-Director: Cecil B. 
DeMille; Associate Producer, William H. 
Pine; Based on historical work, "Lafitte the 
Pirate" by Lyle Saxon; Adaptation, Jeanie 
MacPherson; Screenplay, Edwin Justus 
Mayer, Harold Lamb, C. Gardner Sullivan; 
Location Director, Arthur Rosson; Film Edi- 
tor, Anne Bauchens; Photography, Victor 
Milner, A.S.C. ; Sound, Harry Lindgren, Louis 
Mesenkop; Art Direction, Hans Dreier and 
Roland Anderson; Costumes, Natalie Visart 
and Dwight Franklin; Musical Score, George 
Antheil; Musical Direction, Boris Morros. 


*f R 6 I g n * 



(The Irresistible) 
with Anny Ondra, Hans Soehnker, Trude 

American Tobis Corp. 83 Mini. 


Combining romance, music and comedy, 
this new foreign importation should meet 
with the approval of German audiences in 
this country, but its exhibitor value is 
restricted through lack of English 
titles. The story hinges on the old 
theme of mistaken identity, but a deft di- 
rection job by Geza von Bolvary keeps 
it from becoming dull at any time. Anny 
Ondra, an accomplished comedienne, in 
the principal role is ably supported by 
Hans Soehnker, who not only makes love 
to the attractive Miss Ondra, but sings un- 
usually well to boot. Anny Ondra, a 
wealthy young business woman, poses as a 
mannikin in an effort to meet some man 
who will love her only for herself, and not 
because she has a lot of money. Soehnker, 
son of a wealthy manufacturer, argues 
with his father, and under an assumed 
name gets a job in a famous dressmaking 
establishment. He meets Anny and is 
instantly attracted to her. However, be- 
fore the eventual linking of Anny and 
Hans with the blessings of their respec- 
tive families, there is a great deal of 
amusing comedy and extremely pleasing 
music with Soehnker displaying his fine 
voice to good advantage. Trude Hester- 
berg, Anny's socially inclined Aunt, turns 
in a good performance and Erika Thell- 
mann, owner of the dressmaking house, 
is a worthy addition to the picture, with 
the rest of the cast assisting ably. 

CAST: Anny Ondra, Hans Soehnker, 
Trude Hesterberg, Erika von Thellmann, 
Mady Rahl, Wilhelm Bendow, Ernst Dern- 
burg, Hubert von Meyerinck, Paul Heide- 

CREDITS: A Terra Film Co. production; 
Director, Geza von Bolvary. Presented at 
the Garden Theater with all German dia- 


(Additional Reviews on Following Page) 

License, Anti Bank Night 

Moves in Sheridan, Wyo. 

Sheridan, Wyo. — The city council 
here is making an investigation as 
to fees charged theaters in similar 
communities to Sheridan prior to 
introducing an ordinance into the 
city council to raise license fees 
from $120 to $300 a year. 

Another ordinance up before the 
city council would ban bank night 
and similar drawings "if such draw- 
ings contribute to traffic congestion 
or interfere with the general health, 
safety and welfare of the citizens of 
the City of Sheridan". 

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1938 






— "^Vater, Water Everywhere" 

Paramount 10 mins. 

A Thrill Pip 

One of the finest and most thrill- 
ing reels on water sports ever 
filmed. It starts with a canoe, and 
finally works up to exciting surf- 
board riding in Hawaii. But the 
real kick is in the dangerous and 
thrilly aquaplane races in Winter 
Haven, Florida. These youths, both 
boys and girls, take some terrific 
spills in an obstacle race as their 
aquaplanes are drawn at lightning 
speed by motor boats. The photog- 
raphy is exceptionally good, and a 
zippy narration by Ted Husing 
makes this one of the liveliest 
shorts you can place on your screen. 

"Hollywood Picnic" 

A Color Rhapsody 

Columbia 8 mins. 

Not Very Amusing 

The old gag with the Hollywood 
stars caricatured has been worked 
to death, but nevertheless it appears 
again in this one with all the people 
you expect to see, done in the usual 
exaggerated fashion. It starts out 
with a group of stars doing the 
shag. Then it moves to the fair 
grounds where everybody is sup- 
posed to be having a good time. 
There is a baseball game and a din- 
ner, with the actors making a dash 
for the big spread. The windup is 
a big apple contest, with familiar 
characters presented. Charles Mintz 
produced this Scrappy presentation 
with Sid Marcus providing the story 
and Art Davis the animation. 

"Little Lamby" 

(Color Classics) 

Paramount 7 mins. 

Good Kiddie Number 

The sly fox sees the animal vil- 
lage, with all the members peaceful 
and happy, and decides that here 
is his chance for a fine meal. Dis- 
guising himself as an old judge, he 
arranges a baby contest, and has 
all the mothers hiding their off- 
spring to compete for prizes. At 
the finish the fox kidnaps the baby 
lamb, and is busy preparing it for 
a fancy roast in his cave, when the 
other animals break in and take 
their revenge on Mister Fox as they 
rescue the little lamb. 

"Termites of 1938" 

(With The Three Stooges) 

Columbia 17 mins. 

Good Slapstick Comedy 

The Three Stooges are owners of 
an exterminating firm guaranteed 
to eliminate everything from fleas 
to dandruff. A social climbing lady 
with an invitation to a prominent 
socialite's home calls for an escort 

and gets the terrible terrors of slap- 
stick by mistake. Dressed to kill, 
the boys arrive at the dinner with 
full equipment for a little extermi- 
nation work as they still believe they 
have been hired to rid the house of 
a few pests. Their dinner etiquette 
starts the fireworks and the rest of 
the proceedings are just as funny. 
They drill the walls, beat the rugs 
and squirt exterminating liquids all 
over the guests. Finally the husband 
arrives and in the confusion they 
leave behind a bag of gopher bombs, 
which remove them from the scene 
with a loud explosion when they try 
to get away. Del Lord directed this 
one from an original story by El 
wood Ullman. 

^ f R € I g n * 

'En Saga' 

"Zula Hula" 

(Betty Boop Cartoon) 

Paramount 7 mins. 

Very Amusing 

Betty Boop and her old pal 
Grampy are wrecked on a desert 
island. When the cannibals appear, 
things look pretty bad, but Grampy 
is resourceful, and succeeds in con- 
structing an orchestra out of parts 
of their wrecked plane. The canni- 
bals listen to the hotcha music and 
forget their eating designs on the 
two strangers. Finally Grampy in- 
geniously constructs an airplane of 
sorts, and they fly away from their 
dangerous companions. 

"Man Bites Lovebug" 
(With Charley Chase, Marry Russell, 

John Murray) 
Columbia 18 mins. 

Amusing Comedy 
Charles Clayfoot Chase, author of 
"Your Marriage Can Be Happy", ar- 
rives to spend a few days with a 
friend. The friend invites Charley 
to help him out in making his wife 
think she is attractive, as he has 
been inattentive. Char-ley accepts 
the invitation, and immediately 
starts to work on the wife with 
the Chase technique, which is always 
funny. The butler is a sinister char- 
acter, and threatens Charley with a 
gun, and he has misgivings as to 
what the outcome of his venture will 
be. The wife discovers she has been 
tricked p.nd turns the tables by mak- 
ing her husband jealous when she 
openly makes love to Charley. The 
butler throws knives at him, and he 
gets caught underneath the wife's 
bed, with a few other amusing inci- 
dents thrown in to boot. Finally 
everything is straightened out. Del 
Lord directed this one from an or- 
iginal screenplay by Elwood Ullman 
and Al Giebler. 

"The Boy Who Saved a Nation" 

(Strange As It May Seem Series) 

Columbia 99 '/2 mins. 

Fine Historical Interest 

The historical story of the Mar- 
quis de La Fayette and his assistance 
in the struggle for American free- 
dom are graphically presented in 

with Aino Taube, Aake Ohberg, 
Ingjald Haaland 

Gustave Schwab 80 mins. 


This new Swedish importation is an 
auspicious film. It combines a good dra- 
matic story with a sweeping panorama of 
action set in the beautiful snow-covered 
country of Swedish Lapland. With a com- 
plete set of English titles that adequately 
explain the dialogue and action, the film 
will doubtless receive wider distribution 
than most foreigns, as no audience could 
fail to appreciate the pictorial beauty of 
the country by itself. There is a sufficient 
amount of suspense in the story, and the 
cast, headed by the attractive and compe- 
tent Aino Taube, is thoroughly at home in 
their roles. Director George Schneevoigt 
has caught the rugged beauty of the coun- 
try, and has imparted dramatic action to 
the story itself, from the simple love scenes 
to the sweeping action of a tremendous 
herd of reindeer moving across the tundra. 
There are some remarkably effective shots 
of wolves attacking the Lap herders, and 
the struggle of the wandering tribes is a 
powerful story by itself. The story con- 
cerns the finding of a baby by a Lap 
family of herders. They rescue the baby 
from the wolves and raise it as their own. 
There are complications when the grown up 
girl becomes engaged, and there is a great 
deal of touching realism attached to the 
love story, but everything is satisfactorily 
worked out. This picture will rank among 
the best of the foreign importations. 

CAST: Aino Taube, Ingjald Haaland, 
Tryggve Larssen, Seeri Schneevoigt, Robert 
Jonson, Peter Hoglund, Carl Deurell, Aake 
Ohbery, Solveg Hendergran, Otto Landahl, 
Finn Bernhoft, Lili Larsen-Lund, Ibe 

CREDITS: Produced by Nordisk Films; 
Director, George Schneevoigt; Screenplay, 
Helge Lund. Presented at the Continental 
Theater with Swedish dialogue and Eng- 
lish titles. 



this short produced by Screen Clas- 
sics, Inc. The picture opens with 
the Marquis advocating freedom for 
this country in his native Paris. He 
flees the country and arrives here. 
Offering his sword and his fortune to 
George Washington he is made an 
officer in the Revolutionary army. 
The rest of the picture deals with 
his life after his leaving the army 
until the time of his death. An in- 
teresting fact is disclosed when it is 
proved that La Fayette, although 
buried on French soil, had American 
soil imported to completely surround 
his coffin in its final resting place. 
Leonard M. Poole directed. 

Film Daily 
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It is the recognized Stand- 
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Motion Pictures and has 
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Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1938 


Further evidence of the intense 
local interest developed by territor- 
ial "Ten Best" contests conducted by 
daily newspapers in co-operation 
with The Film Daily's national poll 
came yesterday as additional crit- 
ics and reviewers reported on re- 

Kenneth L. Demarest, news editor 
of the Bergen Evening Record of 
Hackensack, N. J., advised that the 
paper's first local poll was "distinct- 
ly a success" better than 9 p.c. of 
the Record's total circulation being 
represented by ballots. Figure is 
generally regarded, as exceptional. 

Stei-ling Sorensen, motion picture 
editor of the Madison (Wis.) Capital 
Times, reported the winning pictures 
in his local poll to be: 

"The Life of Emile Zola", "The 
Good Earth", "Captains Courage- 
ous", "Stella Dallas", "They Won't 
Forget", "A Star is Born", "Romeo 
and Juliet", 'Maytime", "Stage 
Door" and "The Lost Horizon". 

Interesting critical sidelight on the 
national poll is provided by many 
newspapers' action in directing at- 
tention to the picture judging abil- 
ity of their reviewers. Such papers 
as the Albany News and 
the Chillicothe (0.) News - Ad - 
vertiser used Page One to tell read- 
ers that their critics had picked nine 
of the Film Daily's winning 10. 

Latter paper went further, point- 
ing 'out that its reviewer, Alvin C. 
Zurcher, during the last four na- 
tional Film Daily polls had rolled 
up a "batting average" of .875. 
Zurcher picked nine in 1934, 1936 
and 1937, eight in 1935, and may 
have a national record. 

There's at least one moviegoer 
who has read so much about Selz- 
nick International's plans to make 
"Gone With the Wind" that she's 
under the impression she saw the 
pix during 1937. Leo Miller, mp 
crit. of the Bridgeport, Conn., Sun- 
day Herald reports a ballot cast for 
"Gone" in the paper's local "Ten 
Best" poll. Miller's comment: 
"Don't know whether our rules for 
the Ten Best of 1950 will be retro- 
active or not." 


=^=^=^^ By SID WEISS =^==^= 

enjoying a brief breathing spell 
following the holidays with produc- 
tion resuming about the 15th of 
January. Buster West and Tom 
Patricola are scheduled to face the 
cameras at that time with Jeff 
Machamer following with another 
of his famous "Gags and Gals" se- 

Joe Henabery has completed the 
ninth of the Floyd Gibbons thriller 
series at the Vitaphone studios with 
Margaret Wycherly, Johnny Raby 
(lead in "Brother Rat"), Eddie But- 
ler, Joan Crandell and Maynard 
Holmes in the cast. 

Milton Schwarzwald may let 
many weeks pass between produc- 
tion schedules, but when he does 
get started he makes them whole- 
sale. This past week he completed 
five shorts — three for RKO and two 
for Universal. Those for RKO 
were "A Radio Hook-Up" with 
Charles Collins, Dorothy Stone and 
Doug Leavitt; "Latin Rhythms," with 
Jan Peerce, and "No Sale," with 
Doug Leavitt and an all-star cast. 
The Universal shorts were "Down 
on the Barn," with Jones and Hare, 
and "Somewhere in Paris," starring 
J. Harold Murray. 

Production notes: Lloyd French 

starts a band short shortly with 
Carl Deacon Moore's orchestra . . . 
Roy Mack starts Thursday with 
Cross and Dunn in "Early in Sing." 
Rubinoff starts another Vitaphone 
short on the 11th with Joe Hena- 
bery at the megaphone and Henry 
Armetta faces the camera on the 
19th with Lloyd French guiding. 

Remember? . . When Sam Sax 
produced that swell picture, "Mac- 
Fadden's Flats" . . . When Roy 
Mack played the sissy kid in Gus 
Edwards' School Days act . . . 
When Cy Wood wrote "Sally, Irene 
and Mary" . . . When Art Jarrett 
did a vaude sketch for Keith . . . 
Ray Foster when he chased fires, 
etc., for the old Universal newsreel 
. Eddie Forman when he wrote 
his first script with Richy Craig, 
Jr., when the latter was tops around 
these diggings . . . (Send in your 


Addenda . . . Ben Blake reports 
that his "Broker's Follies" is cut- 
ting a wide swath wherever it's 
playing and was held over three 
weeks in more than a few theaters 
. . . Cy Wood, Jr., is becoming a 
real writer . . . He was late for 
work twice last week . . . Oscar 
Mischeaux has started production 
on an all-Negro feature at Burgi 
Covtner's Producers' Service Stu- 
dios in Jersey. 


Vaude Route Folding 

Lincoln, Neb.— Wilbur Cushman's 
vaude exchange in Beverly Hills an- 
nounced Saturday that the route 
would close up around Feb. 1. Rea- 
son given is that the route has been 
in such shaky shape with the re- 
cession, Cushman has decided to pull 
his head in until later in the year 
when the pickup shows. 








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Detroit Exhib Pleads 

Guilty In Screeno Case 

Detroit — Louis Goodman, manager 
of the Fenkell Theater, pleaded guil- 
ty to violation of the city lottery 
laws before Judge Thomas F. Maher, 
and received four months' probation. 
Offense was operating Screeno, and 
Goodman agreed to discontinue fu- 
ture games. Hearings are pending 
on charges against the Forest, Ma- 
jestic and Colonial Theater, all op- 
erated by Jack Broder. 

Zanuck Will Continue 

as Chase Nat'l Adviser 

San Francisco — Northern Califor- 
nia exhibitors are still waiting for 
action on the anti-giveaway ruling 
announced from the Attorney-Gen- 
eral's office. 

Despite a sweeping assei'tion by 
Attorney-General U. S. Webb that 
audience-games in any form were 
violations of the state anti-lottery 
laws, all exhibitors here continue to 
operate games. 

Milwaukee — Further developments 
in the police department's war on 
money games in theaters awaits an 
expected decision from the state at- 
torney general's office as to the legal- 
ity of the games. Despite the fact 
that the police have collected evi- 
dence from eighteen local theaters, 
both the city and district attorney's 
offices have refused to issue war- 
rants, declaring that none of the 
evidence would carry sufficient 
weight for a test case. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

by The Film Daily. Before his de- 
parture, Zanuck said that company 
business occupied all of his time, and 
prevented him from accepting any 
invitation the bank might make to 
become an active member of the 

However, he added that he would 
remain in his present capacity of ad- 
visory executive to the board. No 
confirmation was forthcoming from 
bank executives that invitation had 
been tendered, but informed sources 
stated that the bank heads offered 
the post before Zanuck left for the 

(Continued from Paye 1) 

ney arrived here late last week to 
sit in on the concluding confer- 
ences. A formal statement by r ;~\z- 
nick was awaited by film cirL j 

Whether the reported corT~£. x 
would see Selznick renewing with 
United Artists was not immediate- 
ly clear, but it was felt in informed 
circles that at least the Pickford- 
Fairbanks-Chaplin group would 
promptly make overtures to SI. 

1,000,000 Ft. of U. S. Pix 

for National Archives 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington— That 1,000,000 fleet 
of film will be available for trans- 
fer to the national archives from 
government agencies during the bal- 
ance of this fiscal year and that an 
additional 1,000,000 feet of film will 
be available for accession during the 
fiscal year of 1939 was revealed here 
when the House Committee on Ap- 
propriations made public its report 
on executive hearings held early in 

Stating that the committee views 
with disfavor the tendency to ex- 
pend disproportionate sums for the 
printing of publications, motion pic- 
tures, broadcasts, etc., the primary 
purpose of which is to build up a 
public demand for the services of 
the agency issuing the publicity, the 
committee stated they felt that a 
substantial reduction of outlay in 
this quarter can be effected by many 
of the agencies without diminution 
of service. 

Okla. Court Asks Briefs 
in Paramount Poster Case 

Oklahoma City — Judge Edgar S. 
Vaught in Federal District Court 
here has ordered Paramount Pictures 
Corp., and The Leader Press to pre- 
sent briefs in the case involving 
posters prepared by the lithograph- 
ing firm. Judge Vaught will render 
a decision after study of these 

Paramount sued the lithographing 
firm to prevent them from making 
cheaper posters than that supplied 
by themselves, claiming these to be 
inferior product and damaging to 
the reputation of the Paramount 
films they advertised. 

Ohio False Tax Return 

Drive Enmeshes Exhibs 

Columbus, O.— The Ohio Tax Com- 
mission has started a campaign to 
prosecute theater owners guilty of 
false and fraudulent tax returns, ac- 
cording to the current issue of the 
ITO of Ohio bulletin. Three the- 
aters during the last week, the bul- 
letin states, have been compelled to 
make settlements on fraudulent re- 
turns beginning with the inception 
of the admission tax in 1933. In 
each of these cases, it is said, the 
settlement exceeded $1,500. 

The ITO urges all theaters to 
make honest returns so that the 
amount collected will not fall short 
of the estimated total, thereby caus- 
ing the rate to be increased. Cur- 
rent tax is 3 p.c. 

103 Spots Hold "Tovarich" 

"Tovarich" is being held for a sec- 
ond week in 103 situations through- 
out the country. 

Nazi Pleas Spurned 

San Jose, Costa Rica (By Cable) — 
Foreign Ministry has spurned requests 
by the Cerman consul for a ban upon 
"The Road Back" and censorship of 
♦he pix. 

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Majors' Sales Chiefs Huddle Today on Exchange Pacts 


National Allied Board Parley to Get Anti-Radio Plan 

New Jersey Exhib Unit 

Backs Proposal With 

"Teeth in It" 

A definite plan to combat radio 
competition will be taken to the Al- 
1 lied board meeting in Washington, 
D. C, for consideration, it was 
learned yesterday following a meet- 
ing of New Jersey Allied members 
in New York. The nature of the 
plan was not revealed, but it is un- 
derstood that the course of action 
"ha.- teeth in it," a spokesman as- 

Meanwhile, the Washington ses- 
sions, scheduled for next Tuesday 

'Continued on Page 6) 


Berlin (By cable) — Number of 
U. S. features shown in Germany 
during 1937 was virtually doubled, 
9 according to available statistics, 
They show that during the first 
nine months of the year, 40 U. S. 

features were offered as compared 
with 22 in 1936. 

r Figures for the first three months 

j (.Continued on Page 9) 


Rep. Franchise Holders 

■ Report Biz Up 15-20 P. C. 


Republic franchise holders, meet- 
ing in New York yesterday, assert- 
ed that current business in their 
respective territories was 15 to 20 

(Continued on Page 9) 

WB May Roadshow 3 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Grad Sears, Warner sales 
head, is conferring with Warner execu- 
tives on the advisability of roadshow- 
ing "Jezebel," "The Adventures of 
Robin Hood" and "Cold is Where You 
Find It." Definite decision on road- 
showing plans will be reached late 
this week before Sears checks out for 
New York. 


A Mm Daily Gallery of Men W hose Activities 
Provided Industry Headlines 


Positive in ac- 
t i o n, despite 
his being syn- 
onymous with 
negative, t h e 
astute Mr. 
Brulatour e n - 
joyed what is 
known for 
want ol a more 
vivid expres- 
sion, as a ban- 
ner year. With 
the industry 
booming, and 
with it the meticulous practice of copious 
re-takes, he and his Rochester, N. Y„ 
allies individually and collectively turned 
out a volume of raw stock which, if 
stretched out in a continuous line, would 
certainly interest the scientific, and con- 
sequently statistical-minded, gentleman 
at the American Museum of Natural 
History's Planetarium. Kept a close 

(Continued on Page 9) 


When the 
Xmas bells ol 
1936 were 
chiming, this 
dynamic Ken- 
tucky Colonel 
who had been 
taking orders 
from his med- 
i c a 1 staff, 
reached lor 
his 10 - gallon 
hat, Suh. and 
left the hospi- 
tal, following 

a brief illness. From the immediate en- 
ergy he displayed, his associates at 
MPPDA arrived at the conclusion 
that a mistake had been made and thai 
it must have been the medicos who were 
ill and not Mr. Pettijohn. as reported. 
There were few, if any, problems which 
confronted Hays Office members that 
didn't find C. C. participating in their 

Sales Heads of Majors to Iron Out 
Final Details of Exchange Contract 

N. D. Theater Divorce 

Trial Definite in March 

Minneapolis — The North Dakota 
theater divorce trial will be held 
definitely in March, it was learned 
yesterday. The date is uncertain 
owing to the illness of Federal Dis- 
trict Judge Andrew Miller, before 

(Continued on Page 9) 

A most accurate and up-to-date theater list 
will be one of the many important features 
of the 1938 FILM YEAR BOOK.— Advt. 

Sales managers of eight major 
companies will meet today to iron 
out final details of master agree- 
ment governing employment of film 
exchange employes nationally, THE 
Film Daily learned yesterday. 

In addition to sales chiefs, all of 
whom have signified intention to at- 
tend, Charles C. Moskowitz and Ma- 
jor Leslie E. Thompson, respective- 

(Continued on Page 9) 

The presses are rolling and the FILM YEAR 
BOOK for 1938 will soon be making new mo- 
tion picture history. — Advt. 

Overtures for Interest Fore- 
cast, With Early Action 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — A move by David O. 
Selznick and John Hay Whitney to 
acquire, if possible, the Fairbanks- 
Chaplin-Pickford interest in United 
Artists was forecast by an authori- 
tative source here last night. 

Closing of such a deal within 90 
days was said in informed quarters 
to be entirely possible. Selznick In- 
ternational has two pictures yet to 
be delivered to UA under his pres- 
ent commitment. 

Although Selznick is reported to 

'Continued on Page 6) 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — It is reported that 
Emanuel Cohen and Paramount ex- 
ecutives are holding conferences 
pertaining to the possibility of 
terminating Major Pictures' con- 
tract which has 18 months to go. 
Major has delivered "Every Day's 
a Holiday," starring Mae West, 
and "Dr. Rhythm," starring Bing 
Crosby but has to deliver a Gary 
Cooper picture and some program 

"Goldwyn Follies" to See 

Houses Boosting Prices 

Admission prices in a number of 
first run houses will be tilted during 
the run of "Goldwyn Follies," it 

(Continued on Page 6) 

iVo haw for Spitz 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Spokesman for Leo Spitz, 
RKO Radio prexy, declared there was 
"no foundation" for the report that 
the exec, contemplated a return to law 



Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1938 

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GRAUMAN, arrived back on the Coast yes- 
terday after a trip East for premiere of "Chi- 
cago." Moskowitz returns here in about 
three weeks. 

NICHOLAS M. SCHENCK, president of 
Loew's, Inc., is in Miami for a vacation. 

JOHN HAY WHITNEY, Selznick Internation- 
al board chairman, now in Hollywood, expects 
to return in March. 

ROY DEL RUTH, noted director, is scheduled 
to come East this week for a vacation trip. 

STEPHEN SZEKELY, Hungarian director, and 
his wife IRENE AGAI. arrived in Hollywood 

SI FABIAN, now in Florida for a vacation, 
returns the end of this month. 

IRA COHN, 20th-Fox Pittsburgh branch man- 
ager, is vacationing in Europe. 

WESLEY RUCCLES, Paramount director, plans 
to return here from Europe early in February. 

LELAND HEYWARD will return from the 
Coast this week. 

W. F. RODGERS. M-C-M general sales man- 
ager, is in Flordia for a three weeks' vacation. 

WILLIAM A. SCULLY, Universal general sales 
manager, leaves this week-end for a visit to 
Albany and Buffalo. 

MARIO LOUPORINI, United Artists Italian 
manager, is in London, where he will hold 
conferences with Murray Silverstone upon his 
arrival from the U. S. 

BEN M1CGINS, 20th-Fox general European 
manager, accompanied by MRS. MIGGINS, is in 
Florida for a short stay before returning to 

WILLIAM HARRICAN is on his way East 
for a part in a new play. 

RODNEY BUSH, of 20th-Fox publicity de- 
partment, leaves for Chicago on the Century 
today. He will return in about three weeks. 

HAROLD "HET" MANHEIM returns to the 
Coast Saturday. 

BUDD ROGERS, vice-president and general 
manager of Alliance Films, left last night for 
a two-week tour of the midwestern exchanges. 

SOL A. ROSENBLATT, film attorney, has 
returned to his office after a Florida vaca- 

BILL SHIFFRIN, of Hawks-Volck agency, 
leaves for the Coast tonight by train. 

FRANCIS L. HARLEY, 20th-Fox United King- 
dom manager, and MRS. HARLEY, sail for 
London this Saturday on the lie de France. 

publicity department, leaves tomorrow for a 
Florida vacation. 

PHIL ENGEL, of Warners' publicity depart- 
ment, and MRS. ENCEL, leave today for a 
vacation cruise. They will return here early 
in February. 

JOHN C. MOFFITT has reported back on 
the Paramount lot after a vacation trip. 

FRANK FOREST, noted singer, leaves Holly- 
wood this week for an extended concert tour 
throughout the country. 

CLAUDETTE COLBERT and her husband, DR. 
JOEL PRESSMAN, leave Hollywood today by 
train en route to New York. They sail Sat- 
urday on the Conti de Savoia for a four 
months' European vacation. 

EDDIE ROBERTS has returned from the 
Coast for a short visit. 

MISCHA AUER, Universal player, leaves New 
York tonight for a P. A. tour of RKO circuit. 

ROSITA MORENO will leave Hollywood in 
the near future for Argentina, where she will 
make several pictures. 

Threat of Exhib Suits 

Made In Patents Case 




m 5. WflBBSH - CHOGD . 

All theaters using equipment em- 
ploying two patents which British 
Acoustic Films, Ltd., charges RCA 
Manufacturing Co., Inc., and Erpi 
have infringed will be sued if plain- 
tiff's contentions are held valid by 
U. S. District Court in the District 
of Delaware, The Film Daily was 
officially advised yesterday. 

British Acoustics' suit seeking in- 
junction and accounting of profits is 
to be answered jointly by RCA and 
Erpi legal aides, it was said yester- 
day. Engineers and attorneys are 
studying disputed patents carefully, 
preliminary to preparing defense. 

Plaintiff, wholly-owned subsidiary 
of Gaumont British, alleges that two 
patents for improved mechanism to 
feed film through sound head of pro- 
jectors, granted in 1926 and 1935 
to Arnold Poulsen and Axel Carl 
Georg Petersen, subsequently as- 
signed to British Acoustics, Ltd., 
have been infringed by defendants 
in new equipment. 

Scully Will Visit "U's" 

Albany, Buffalo Offices 

William A. Scully, Universal gen- 
eral sales manager, leaves for visits 
to Albany and Buffalo branches this 
weekend, he said yesterday. He 
plans to tour Universal branches 
beginning the weekend following 
with the possibility that his trip may 
be set back one week. 

"Snow White" In Demand 

All reserved seats for opening 
night and Saturday matinee of 
RKO's "Snow White and the Seven 
Dwarfs" at Radio City Music Hall 
have been sold out, it was reported 
last night. Heavy advance sale, be- 
lieved to be a record, has also re- 
sulted in few seats remaining in re- 
served section for any of weekend 


Executive Secretary. Ten years with 
famous producer. Capable of 
handling all office detail. 

1501 B'way N. Y. C. 

© 1935 by Meridian Pictures Corp. 


At Sensationally Reduced Prices 
Openings for Distributors 


RKO Bldg. 
1270 Sixth Ave. New York City 

Jack Cohn Toastmaster 

at McConville Luncheon 

Joseph A. McConville, newly ap- 
pointed Columbia foreign sales man- 
ager was guest of honor at a lun- 
cheon given yesterday in the Terrace 
Room of the Hotel Astor by a group 
of company executives and friends. 
Jack Cohn, Columbia vice-president, 
acted as toastmaster, and Abe Mon- 
tague, Nate Spingold, Rube J r '-ter 
and Louis Astor made brieV ad- 

Present were: 

Jack Cohn, A. Montague, Nate 
Spingold, Rube Jackter, Louis J. Bar- 
bano, Louis Astor, Hy Daab, Nat 
Cohn, Max Weisfeldt, Mortimer 
Wormser, Jack Segal, Hal Hode, 
Frank McGrann, Leo Jaffe, Maurice 
Grad, H. C. Kaufman, David O'Mal- 
ley, Jack Myers, John Kane, Floyd 
Weber, Irving Moross, Leonard 
Picker, Max Galfunt, Max Seligman, 
Al Seligman, George Josephs, Milton 
Hannock, Al Sherman, Jose Schorr, 
A. Rivero, Sidney Davis, Bernard 
Birnbaum, Harry Takiff Sam Lig- 
gett, Joe Levy, Arnold Picker, Ber- 
nie Zeeman, Irving Wormser, Vin- 
cent Borrelii, Ben Schwalb, Harry 
Foster, Herman Golden, Si Bell, Saul 
Trauner, David Robbins, Irving 
Sherman, Joe McConville, Jr. 

Arbitration Situation 

Before Jersey Allied 

Exhibitor members of Allied The- 
aters of New Jersey were advised 
yesterday to make sure that the dis- 
tributor sign an arbitration clause 
when contracts are made for new 
season product. 

At a meeting of the unit in New 
York, the recent decision against 
the Newark Amusement Co., which 
brought action against Paramount 
to compel the distributor to arbi- 
trate a question of product, was dis- 
cussed. It was pointed out that the 
court upheld Paramount's refusal to 
arbitrate because the arbitration 
clause in the standard contract had 
not been signed. 

Paramount's 1937-38 contracts do 
not include an arbitration clause, 
but one can be added on request of 
the exhibitor, it was said. 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 

the following on their birthday: 


Marvin Schenck 
Lew Collins 
Henry Linet 
Eddie Selzer 









"It's the 



in the M-G-M 


Newsreel cameramen have a field day at the English Derby, using 
a special tower (above) for long-range shots as well as several 
batteries of sound trucks and cameras [below). 


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>^ ; " 

The Newsreel that won industry approval 
ivhen it gave each of its accounts without extra 
charge the complete pictorial story of the ^ 
Bombing and Sinking of the U.S.S. PAN AY! 

Resources without stint are behind M-G-M's great newsreel. No day passes without addi 
tional expansion, new coverage, new ideas. Worldwide is the scope of the organization 
which brings to 30,000,000 people each week in motion picture theatres in all parts of 
the globe great, significant news — almost as quickly as it takes place. 

From its bureaus in the great key cities of the world — New York, London, Paris, Berlin, 
Rome, Shanghai, Tokyo, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles, and San 
Francisco — come each week to news of the day's laboratory in Manhattan 100,000 feet 
of film. Out of this vast collection of news transferred to film, 2,000 feet of the more 
timely and spectacular subjects are selected for the bi-weekly releases. Of this selection, 
a total of 1,000,000 feet of film are shipped weekly to theatres throughout the world. It 
is a breath-taking and stupendous enterprise 

On these pages are shown a few behind-the-scenes glimpses of the personalities who 
make NEWS OF THE DAY the thrilling, arresting screen experience it is. 

President Roosevelt, of all public figures, is 
most at ease before the newsreel cameras, 
say editors of News of the Day. Also he has 
been the most photographed. 

Charles J. Mack, of the newsreel's Washing- 
ton staff, usually has the assignment of filming 
F. D. R. The President knows the cameramen 
— and calls them — by their first names. 

Jean Paul King, of radio fame, 
vividly describes News of the Day 

The Woman's Page brings not only 
real human interest stories, but a 
glowing interpretation of them by 
fashion expert Adelaide Hawley. 

Recording film in the New York laboratory calls for 
precise electrical adjustment, keen eyesight and alert 
ears on the part of sound engineers working against 

Umberto Romagnoli, head of News of the 
Day in Rome, is kept on the jump filming 
Mussolini's spectacular activities. 

H. S. "Newsreel" Wong, ace Chinese cam- 
eraman of News of the Day, risks his life 
daily filming the havoc of war in China. 

Sinking of the U. S. S. Panay gave opportunity for News of the 
Day to serve its customers promptly and as part of their regu- 
lar service with complete and stirring pictures of the disaster. 

News of the Day gives complete coverage to the most exciting 
newsreel arena of them all, the football stadium. Rody Green is 
shown shooting the Fordham-Purdue game. 

The greatest newsreel picture of recent years was that of the airship Hindenburg in flames, 
at Lakehurst, N. J. Cameraman James Seeley, appalled b.y^ the sudden spectacle before 
him, kept grinding and caught the scene in all its horror. 

When police capture a notorious criminal, newsreel men go into 
action. Jack Whipple snaps Earle Vandenbush, bandit, at White 
Plains, N. Y. 

A cameraman films Jessie Simpson, famous 
beauty, who, despite the loss of both legs, 
bravely works as model for Bradshaw 
Crandall's Cosmopolitan Magazine cover. 

Cameraman Jack Whipple dons high boots 
and helmet to film "sand hogs" digging a 
new subway under New York's Sixth Ave. 

News of the Day sets up its equipment in New York's City Hall to film 
Mayor LaGuardia after his triumphant bout with the Tammany Tiger. 

No matter what the weather the cameramen go down to the sea in 
ships to film the varied activities of New York's great port. 

The business of editing News of the Day is an exacting but always absorbing one, requiring 
expert news judgment. In their own Projection Room at all hours, Editor Mike Clofine and 
staff look at news-rushes from all over the world. 

Shu Taguchi, ace Japanese 
cameraman for News of the 
Day, a top man in a spot 
where news is hot. 

John Bockhorst filming, Charles 
Peden recording a dangerous 
New York fire. 

&*\ DAILY 

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1938 


(Continued from Page 1) 

have been offered the chief produc- 
tion post at RKO Radio it is not be- 
lieved he wants the responsibility of 
watching entire production program 
of any studio while United Artists 
set-up deals with independent com- 
panies making their own produc- 

It is reported that Selznick prev- 
iously had rejected a deal from M- 
G-M for personal services that would 
have paid him $1,500,000 yearly for 
10 years. 

Although there are reports that 
RKO and Paramount would also like 
to dicker with Selznick, everything 
now points to the strong possibility 
of a Selznick-United Artists deal. 


Says UA-Selznick Never 
Stopped Deal Renewal Talk 

United Artists at no time termi- 
nated negotiations with David O. 
Selznick for the continuation of the 
distributing arrangement it has with 
Selznick International, it was said 
yesterday by George Schaefer, UA 
general manager. 

Although a Selznick deal with M- 
G-M was reported close to comple- 
tion at various times, UA refused 
to consider it a consummated issue 
until contracts were actually signed, 
it was said. 

With the Selznick-M-G-M deal 
now definitely dead, active negotia- 
tions between UA and Selznick are 
expected to be continued rather than 

Charles Doole Dined 

Paterson, N. J. — Warner Bros, 
district officials and Northern New 
Jersey theater managers gave a 
dinner at the Elks Club here for 
Charles L. Doole, manager of the 
district. Among zone and district 
officials present were Donald Ja- 
cocks, zone manager; Robert Pas- 
kow, advertising director; Frank 
Damis, assistant zone manager; 
Richard Hill, district manager; and 
George Morganroth of the Newark 
zone office. Managers and assistants 
of houses in Hoboken, Passaic, Pat- 
erson, Hackensack and Garfield also 
were present. 


Joseph L. Steuerle 

Louisville — Joseph L. Steuerle, 
62, died Jan. 7 at his home after 
an illness of three years. Steuerle, 
long engaged in the motion picture 
business, was associated with the 
Baxter Amusement Co., the Broad- 
way Amusement Co., and the Fourth 
Avenue Amusement Co. 

with PHIL M. DALY 

T T T 

• • • ECHOES of that Annual Ten Best Pictures poll 

Sterling Sorensen. film editor of the Capital Times at Madison, Wiscon- 
sin, addresses his weekly Open Letter to Will Hays and talks 

about nothing but the FILM DAILY Poll noting that the tremendous 

returns give a fairly representative view of the tastes of the American 

public in motion pictures that the public taste is sure improving 

for in the "Best" list there are no musicals, no slapstick comedies, 

and none of the obvious sex pictures from which facts Mister 

Sorensen observes to Mister Hays that the picture biz is growing up 

sure enough to which Mister Hays can make emphatic reply: 

"Right You Are!" 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • UNIQUE IN the long line of annual Ten Best polls 
was the participation this year of The Daily Texan, the student 

publication of the University of Texas at Austin the editor 

of the campus chatterer sends us this sidelight: "Since there 
seems much discussion over 'The Life of Emile Zola' and 'The 
Good Earth' being in the top brackets and being so close, I would 
like to report that in our local poll 'The Good Earth' polled 96 
per cent of all votes cast, while 'Zola' received 89 per cent. By 
actual count, 'The Good Earth' appeared on every local baVot 
cast except three." 

T ▼ T 

• • • ODDITIES listed by film editor W. E. J. Martin of the 

Courier-Express of Buffalo, in connection with his local poll in 

which 3211 readers participated Oddity No. 1: Exactly 179 read 

ers copied the list of the Exceptional Films committee of the National 
Board of Review. "They Won't Forget," yet to be shown in Buffalo, 

got exactly 179 votes Oddity No. 2: One reader copied and rated 

all the 518 eligible films, and even then didn't put either "The Good 

Earth" or "Emile Zola," in her first Ten Best Oddity No. 3: The 

large number of families that got together on selections and ended 
up by generally disagreeing on them 

T T T 

• • • SO-O after all this favorable furore that the 

film festival has kicked up we ought to sit down and write 

an editorial telling just how good this li'l ole publication known 

as Film Daily is but the newspapers of the nation have 

told that story for us in millions of lines anent the local 

polls in scores of cities, based on the Film Daily Poll 

T T ▼ 

• • • TESTIMONIAL luncheon will be given Louis Sobol of the 
Journal- American at the Hotel Astor on Friday an imposing print- 
ed list of the luncheon committee includes names of celebs identified 
with stage, screen, radio and press Ed Wynn is chairman 

▼ T T 

• • • THIRTEENTH Annual Conference of the National 
Board of Review takes place at the Hotel Pennsylvania starting 

January 20th through 22nd more about this important event 

later. . . • AMPA luncheon tomorrow will have as guests Ethel 
Merman, Helen Broderick and her son, Broderick Crawford, who 
is starring in "Mice and Men" 

« « « 

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(Continued from Pane 1) 

and Wednesday at the Carlton Ho- 
tel, are shaping up as a miniature 
national convention. Allied head- 
quarters in Washington y<L r, ~rday 
forecast a "very full attenV^nce," 
with representatives expected from 
every unit in the U. S. It was said 
that Allied members are showing a 
keen interest in the affair, which 
will include election of officers, out- 
lining of Allied policies for the new 
vear, legislative programs and a 
thorough study of the radio situa- 

"Goldwyn Follies" to See 

Houses Boosting Prices 

(Continued from Pacjc 1) 

was learned yesterday. George 
Schaefer, United Artists general 
manager, said that the Rivoli The- 
ater, New York, had already decided 
to boost prices for the "Follies" 
showing and that a number of houses 
throughout the country had signified 
their intentions to do likewise. 

Plans to affect a general rise in 
first run prices with the release of 
"Adventures of Marco Polo" arc 
stymied for the present, owing tc 
the delay in releasing the picture 
It is believed that most of the houses 
that raise their prices for "Polo' 
will tilt their scales only for th( 
run of the picture and that thej 
will revert to their former prices 
when the engagement ends. How 
ever, Schaefer said yesterday thai 
some houses may use the event as ai 
opening wedge to maintain highei 
prices permanently. 


Teddy Hart, actor, currently ad 
nearing at the Cort Theater it 
"Room Service," married Doroth) 
T. Lubow, writer, on Monday in th< 
marriage chapel of the Municipa 
Building. Ceremonv was performei 
by First Denuty City Clerk Phili| 
A. Hines. Groom is brother o 
Lorenz Hart, lyricist and musica 
comedy librettist. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAI1.\ 

Los Angeles — Lon Chaney, Ji 
actor-son of the late film sta; 
°'ated here this week that he an 
Patsy Beck were married Oct. I 
last, at Colton, in San Bernardin 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM PAH 

Los Angeles — Marriage of Fran 
ces Bacon, daughter of film direc 
tor Lloyd Bacon, to Russell 
Trost, ass'stant casting director, 1 
disclosed here. Couple wed las 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DA11 

Hollywood — Pinky Tomlin anf 
Joanne Alcorn of Ponca City, Okl« 
will wed Feb. 18. 


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Walter Cat left doesn't wear those windshields 
for nothing, boys! He can pick 'em. 

Turn the page and see how Walter can pick 'em 


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"'Every Day's A Holiday' is un- 
doubtedly the Best from West." 

— George McCall, CBS fretwork Commentator 

" 'Every Day's A Holiday' is a better 
picture than 'She Done Him Wrong' 
— and clean. Which should make it 

a hit all around." —Sheilah Graham, 

yorth American jXewspaper Alliance 

"A sure-fire winner. Miss West sur- 
passess anything that she has yet 

— Edivin Shallert, Los Angeles Times 


'A sockdollager of a movie. To our 
mind, it's the best one that Miss West 
has ever made." 

— Frederick C. Othman. I nited Press 

'Bang -up entertainment from start 
to finish. Mae West's Best. It's the 
Pick of the Pictures." 

— Warren Stokes, Hearst Radio Commentator, 
Western Editor Jay Emanuel Publications 

"There isn't a let-down moment. A 
piece of real entertainment from start 
to finish." 

— Bob Welsh, National Box Office Digest 


with EDMUND LOWE • Charles Butterworth • Charles Winninger • Walter 
Catlett • Lloyd Nolan • Herman Bing • Chester Conklin and Louis Armstrong 

Dir«clb4 by A. Edward lutnorton* 1 

Ma* W«»l • An fmanuol Canon Production 

A faramowM FUtwro 

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1938 



(Continued from Page 1) 

|i ly heads of Loew and RKO theater 
operations and Frank Phelps, War- 
ner Bros, executive in charge of la- 
bor relations, are to sit in on the 
pri v- — > sessions. 
1 /r^r conference is expected to re- 

|l| suit in contract which will be pre- 
sented to officials of Film Exchange 

! Union later this week. 


U. S. Feature Pictures 
Shown in Germany Increase 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of the 1937-38 film year also show 
marked gains for U. S. features. 
Of 56 features shown, 20 were 
American. In the corresponding 
period a year ago, U. S. distribs. 
had six out of 38 features. 

During the first three months of 
the present season, 514 German and 
foreign films having a length of 
270,779 meters were offered. Of 
these, 449 films (179,756M) were 
of German origin, and 65 films (91,- 
033M) of foreign origin, of which 
34 films (55,926M) were American. 

Latest statistics show that there 
were in Germany at the close of 
1937 a total of 5,395 cinemas with a 
total seating capacity of 1,992,854. 
The aggregate attendance for the 
year is estimated at about 400,000,- 

Higher Distribution Rates 
For German Super-Features 

Berlin (By cable) — Designed to 
give a marked impetus to the pro- 
duction of German films for the 
foreign market, the Reich Film 
Chamber has issued a decree in- 
creasing the distribution rates for 
super-films. Increase, however, is 
subject to an okay from the Price 

N. D. Theater Divorce 

Trial Definite in March 

(Continued from Page 1) 

whom the case is to be heard in 
Fargo, N. D. 

Depositions in the case, taken 
here last week, will be sent to the 
court clerk at Fargo after they have 
been transcribed and signed by the 
witnesses, probably early next week. 

"Rosalie" Stays In 20 

M-G-M's home office yesterday re- 
ported 20 holdover engagements for 
"Rosalie" in 18 key cities where it 
is now playing. Feature is current 
in two houses in Boston and Los 
Angeles, the State and Orpheum 
theaters in the former stand, and 
the United Artists and Wilshire in 
latter city. It is in its second week 
at New York Capitol. 

Patman Legislation Will Ignore Pix 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Rep. Wright Patman proposes to lay off the fi'm industry insofar 
as anti-chain legislation is concerned, he advised THE FILM DAILY yesterday. Pat- 
man's new slant is that films are "communications." 

Rep. Franchise Holders 

Report Biz Up 15-20 P. C. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

p. c. over the corresponding period 
of last year. 

It was decided at the meeting 
yesterday that the February and 
March sales drive will be named 
after the franchise holder in each 
territory. Max Roth and Grover 
Parsons, central and western sales 
supervisors respectively, leave to- 
morrow for Chicago where they wii 1 
conduct a meeting of the central 
district franchise holders and lay 
plans for the sales drive in that 
area. Herbert Yates will accom- 
pany them. This meeting will be 
followed by another in S. F. 

Jack Belman, New York branch 
manager, and Harry La Vine, man- 
ager in Philadelphia, who have 
been appointed to share the post of 
Eastern district supervisors, wi 1 
resign from the franchise unit held 
by Herman Glucksman ani will 
come under the Republic banner 
on Jan. 24. 

It is planned to place an ex- 
ploiteer in each Republic ex- 
change to work on campaigns in 
each territory, it was announced 

It was also announced yesterday 
that the Republic studios would 
work on a flexible budget, which 
will not restrict a picture to any 
fixed production cost. 

McGuire Installs Slate 

of Projection Society 

P. A. McGuire, of the Interna- 
tional Projector Corp., an honorary 
member, served as installing officer 
at the annual meeting of the Amer- 
ican Projection Society, which saw 
the following take office: 

President, W. Byrne; vice-presi- 
dent, Alfred R. T. Bishop; secretary, 
Frank McMahon; treasurer, T. Ru- 
gino; sergeant-at-arms, J. Chul- 
chian; Board of Governors, J. J. 
Burgundy, B. Norton, H. Grabelsky, 
A. Polin, E. Levene, T. D. Smith. 

Byrne was recently elected a 
Business Agent of Local 306. 

Former Associates Will 

Tender Dinner to Brooks 

Bernie Brooks, new film buyer and 
booker for the Rosenblatt-Welt cir- 
cuit, will be given a dinner tonight 
at the Edison Hotel by his former 
associates at the Paramount Ex- 
change. Brooks resigned from Para- 
mount, where he had been booker 
and sales representative for the last 
10 years, to accept the R-W post. 

John Benas, former R-W booker, 
moves over to Skouras Theaters next 
Monday as an assistant to William 
White. A silver plaque signed by 
all managers of the R-W circuit, 
was presented to Benas last Sunday. 

"50% Pictures", "Drives" 
Frowned Upon by UMPTO 

Philadelphia — Lewen Pizor, prexy 
of the UMPTO, in a letter sent to 
members takes a pot shot at both 
"50% pictures" and distribs' 
"drives". Pizor says UMPTO "rec- 
ommends" members withhold buying 
"50% pictures" "until you can ob- 
tain more satisfactory terms". 

ITOA, in its current issue of The 
Independent, published today, ad- 
vises exhibitors not to agree to in- 
creased rentals when signing for 
new product. Exhibitors who al- 
ready have bought 1937-38 programs 
are advised to ask for adjustment. 
ITOA contends that increased film 
prices were asked by distributors on 
the grounds that new product would 
bo produced with higher budgets, but 
the association declares that produc- 
tion costs are being trimmed rather 
than hiked. 

200 Day-Date Engagements 
Set for "The Buccaneer" 

Following its New Orleans world 
premiere last week, Cecil B. De- 
Mille's "The Buccaneer" will be na- 
tionally released in more than 200 
day and date engagements, Neil Ag- 
new, vice-president in charge of 
Paramount sales, announced yester- 

Among the cities where the pic- 
ture is definitely dated for the week 
of Feb. 4 are: Indianapolis, Louis- 
ville, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Omaha, 
Des Moines, Denver, Salt Lake, San 
Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, 
Seatt'e, Portland. BuflVo. Scranton, 
Wilkes Barre, Washington, Balti- 
more, Norfolk, Richmond, Cincinnati, 
Dayton, Boston, Springfield, Provi- 
dence, Worcester, Atlanta, Little 
Rock, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio 
and Oklahoma City. 

Budd Rogers on Tour 

Budd Rogers, vice-president and 
general manager of Alliance Films, 
left last night by train for a two 
weeks' trip to the midwestem ex- 
changes. He will visit Toronto, De- 
troit, Chicago, Cleveland and Pitts- 

Bank Nights Continued 

Louisville — Despite the Paducah 
decision that Bank Nights are in 
violation of the Kentucky lottery 
laws, until the Court of Appeals so 
rules, Louisville Bank Nights will 
not be interfered with, according to 
Director of Safety McMeekin. 

New Mogul! Catalogs 

Mogull Bros., of 1944 Boston 
Road, are issuing new sound-on-film 
rental 16 mm. and 8 mm. catalogs. 
Copies are furnished upon request. 


A Film Daily Gallery oj 
Year's Headliners 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 
watrh on both the progress and "devel- 
opment" of color film. Also continued 
to be considerably interested in the 
progress and "development" of certain 
producing companies. But the piece de 
.esistance occurred in May. it being then 
announced that Mr. Brulatour had been 
made an honorary member of the Amer- 
ican Society o! Cinematographers, a dis- 
tinction accorded thereto ore to but a 
ew, including the late Thomas A. Edi- 
son, the late George Eastman and E. O. 


That newspa- 
pers through- 
out the nation 
and particu- 
larly t _03e in 
sma.ler cities 
and towns are 
i n c r e asing 
their use of 
motion picture 
news, proved 
to be a pre- 
cise f a ct , to 
which the as- 
tute Mr. Mc- 
Cormick called the industry's attention 
early in 1937, and he was and is in a 
position to know, since he is advertising 
manager of RKO Radio. May brought 
announcement from Hollywood that alter 
several months of experimentation, he 
had developed half-tone lithographs in 
black and white, and subsequently used 
process on 24-sheets for "Shall We 
Dance." Directed wow campaigns on 
"Winterset" and "Stage Door." Dittoed 
on "Snow White and the Seven Dwar s." 

Appeal Leave Denied 

Albany — Court of Appeals here 
yesterday denied petition of Eureka 
Productions, Inc., for leave to ap- 
peal to the Court in case of Eureka 
vs. Byrne involving ban on "Ecstasy" 
in New York State. Henry Pearl- 
man, Eureka attorney, said yester- 
day the development ended litiga- 
tion in this State, but that he would 
follow decision of U. S. District 
Court, Southern District of N. Y., 
with appeal to U. S. Supreme Court 
for ruling on national release. 

Exhib. Among Censors 

Portland, Ore. — ■ Appointed as 
members of the Portland censor 
board are Mrs. Thomas M. Joyce; 
Mrs. Josephine Forney, Ted Gamble 
(manager, Broadway Theater), Ma- 
jor Paul Hathaway, Ed Weinbaum, 
Mrs. Kent C. Hartung (wife of 
manager of State Theater) and 
Mrs. R. Gibson Hubbard. 

A. C. Newsreel House? 

Atlantic City — Young's Million 
Dollar Pier Theater may go news- 
reel for the summer. 

. . . and they f ve both got what it takes. . . 

Life . . . vigor . . . action . . . looks . . . charm . . . appeal. • Prevues by National Screen Service 
. . . lobby displays by National Screen Accessories. • Selling fire by both . . . seat-selling by both 
. . . top service by both. • For . . . just as the prevue has been solving your screen advertising 
problems for eighteen years . . . this new theatre advertising giant . . . now in its third year . . . 
solves your lobby display problems. • Complete service in your lobby on every picture you book 
with the same efficient booking system . . . the same "always-on-time" delivery system . . . the same 
care and thought in production and selling angles. • More than 11,000 showmen know there 
are no headaches with National Screen prevues . . . and now the big swing is on toward its lobby 
display twin. • That's why the word goes round "double your theatre advertising punch with . . . 

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Dies to Drop Resolution Calling for Industry Probe 


Para. Reports Little Demand for Arbitration Clause 


A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 


In mid-Decem- 

ber, last, Nich- 
olas M. Schenck 
boarded a 
choo-choo in 1 
New York, 
bound for the: 
coast. Just be- 
fore the "All 
Aboard!" an- 
nounce meni 
came from the 
conductor, Mr. 
Schenck re- 
vealed that he 

had just concluded arrangements for sev- 
eral top M-G-M execs to be aboard the 
: company's "train" for the next five years. 
One of these pacts was that concluded 
with Edward J. Mannix, who is an M-G-M 
vice-prexy, a producer, and, furthermore 
one of the studio barons for Leo the Lion. 

• • ROY E. LARSEN • • 

For a good 
part of 1937, 
Roy L a r s e n 
has not been 
in March of 
Time's studios 
physically, but 
his influence 
has been there 
just the same, 
in editorial, 
production and 
business poli- 
cies of that 
When as vice-president of Time, Inc. 
Larsen took over the man-sized job of 
publishing Life, phenomenal picture mag- 
azine, furthest from his mind was any 
slackening of interest in the March of 
Time. Movies and entertainment are in 
Roy's blood. His father was the late 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Neil F. Agnew Favors MPTOA 

Conciliation Board 


Paramount has received practical- 
ly no requests to have the voluntary 
arbitration clause inserted in con- 
tracts since the company eliminated 
the clause from its standard forms, 
Neil F. Agnew, general sales man- 
ager, said yesterday. Although the 
other major distributors have re- 

(Continued on Page 3) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Loew's, Inc. and 
Paramount Pictures Inc. yesterday 
filed reports with the SEC for De- 
cember showing special changes. 
Loew's confirmed liquidation of 
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to the SEC 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Standard Buying Vitagraph 
Studio; Plans 16 Features 

Wet Const Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Los Angeles — Standard Pictures 
Corp. is acquiring the old Vitagraph 
studio in Hollywood from Warners 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Shorts Awards 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Short subject producers 
have recommended to the General 
Awards Committee of the Academy of 
Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences that 
"The River" be not included in any 
of the four classifications for which 
short subject awards are given but 
that a new classification be created 
to give awards for documentary and 
educational subjects. They also recom- 
mended that no awards be given for 
commercial or advertising subjects. 


Master contract which will gov- 
ern employment conditions of film 
exchange employes nationally was 
drafted by sales heads of eight ma- 
jor companies and their representa- 
tives yesterday at a private session 
at the Warner Bros, home office. 
Contract, according to agreement 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Hope Fades for Killing 

of Miss. Admish Levy 

Jackson, Miss. — Hope that Mis- 
sissippi's 10 per cent theater ad- 
mission tax would be abolished and 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Texas Rep. Dropping House Resolution 
For Probe of Motion Picture Industry 

Report British Production 

As Showing Slight Gains 

London (By cable) — Board of 
Trade official figures covering the 
total number of British and foreign 
films registered in 1937 under the 
Films Act disclose gains in both 
British film production and foreign 
imports, the latter dominantly 

British features registered went 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Rep. Martin Dies, 
Texas, advised The Film Daily last 
night he is dropping his pending 
resolution to conduct a far-flung in- 
vestigation of the motion picture in- 
dustry which he introduced at the 
first regular session of the present 

Dies stated, however, he would 
press for action on his general reso- 
lution, introduced last week, asking 

(Continued on Page 9) 

British Producer Sails, But 

May Return to U. S. 



FILM DAILY Staff Writer 

Declaring that his interest in 
United Artists was not for sale, 
Alexander Korda sailed yesterday 
for England on the Aquitania. 

Korda admitted that he had deals 
pending for production outside of 
United Artists release, but that defi- 
nite commitments had not been 
made. He declined to name a spe- 
cific company with which he might 
become identified, adding that it was 
possible that he would return to the 

(Continued on Page 4) 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Major Pictures Corp. 
through its president, Emanuel 
Cohen, announced that Paramount 
Pictures, Inc. had broken its con- 
tract by serving notice of termina- 
tion of contract between Paramount 
and Major effective immediately. 
The contract, which was for a three- 
year period, was to have expired 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Reisman Off Saturday 

for London and Paris 

Phil Reisman, vice-president of 
RKO Export Corp., leaves Saturday 
aboard He de France for what he 
describes as routine visit of three 
weeks in France and two in Eng- 
land. He reaches France first. 

Patron's Choice 

New Haven — Latest special induce- 
ment is a choice of premiums. The 
Parkway, Bridgeport now asks patrons 
to accept either a tin of coffee or 
a piece of silverware. 

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Thursday, Jan. 13,1938 

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cominci nno gomg 

WILL H. HAYS, film industry administrator, 
leaves for the Coast about Jan. 19. 

J. ROBERT RUBIN, vice-president and gen- 
eral manager of Loew's, Inc., returned from 
the Coast yesterday. 

ALEXANDER KORDA left yesterday on the 
Aquitania, bound for England. 

AL LICHTMAN, M-C-M executive, is sched- 
uled to arrive here Monday. 

PHIL REISMAN, vice-president in charge of 
RKO Export Corp., sails for a five-week trip 
through England and France Saturday on the 
lie de France. 

HARRY RAPF, M-C-M producer, accom- 
panied by MRS. RAPF, is en route to Miami 
from the Coast, with a South American trip 
scheduled to follow Miami stay. 

LEWIS E. GENSLER, Paramount producer, 
expects to leave for Europe about the middle 
of February. 

JOHN SLOAN, production manager for War- 
ners' English studios, is on his way to New 
York. He sails for London upon his arrival 

ARTHUR A. LEE, GB vice-president and gen- 
eral manager, arrived in Chicago yesterday 
for a series of sales conferences. CLINTON 
M. WHITE, assistant general manager, and 
R. V. SELIG, division manager, arrived at 
the same time from St. Louis and Denver. 

EDWARD M. SCHNITZER, Warners' eastern 
district manager, left yesterday for a trip to 
New Haven and Buffalo. He returns here 

MONTY BANKS, 20th-Fox associate produc- 
er and director, left for Hollywood last night 
on the Century. 

S. N. BEHRMAN, noted playwright and pro- 
ducer, is stopping at the Devon. 

JOSEPH BERNHARD, general manager of 
Warners' Theaters, returned to the home office 
yesterday after a Coast trip. 

HOWARD FEDERER, general manager of 
Westland Theaters, Inc., Neb., has left there 
for a trip to Chicago and New York on busi- 
ness for L. L. Dent Circuit. 

DAVE LEVY, M-G-M New Jersey manager, 
is in Miami for a vacation. 

SANDRA GOULD leaves for the Coast next 

EDGAR KENNEDY, film comedian, leaves 

for New York next month to make a few 
personal appearances. 

FERNAND CRAVET, Warner star, arrives 

from the Coast tomorrow. He sails on the lie 
de France Saturday. 

IVOR BROWN, and his wife, IRENE HENT- 
SCHEL, sail for England today. 

SONJA HEN IE, 20th-Fox star, has arrived 
in Washington. 

Evanston Looks Askance 

at Duals Health Effect 

Evanston, 111. — Local authorities 
are conducting an investigation as 
to the health effect of duals and may 
move by municipal ordinance to ban 

50 Use Race Films 

Over fifty metropolitan theaters 
are now running "Broadway Handi- 
cap" race films being distributed by 
Meridian Pictures Corp., Rockefeller 
Center, N. Y. 

Harley Taking "Chicago" 
Print for European Debut 

Francis L. Hartley, United King- 
dom manager for 20th-Fox, and 
Mrs. Harley, will sail for London 
on the He de France Saturday. Har- 
ley will take with him the first 
print of "In Old Chicago" that is 
being sent to Europe. No definite 
date has been set yet for the Lon- 
don opening, and it is undec^ted 
whether the picture will havMs 
first showing in London or in FtWs. 

"Tex" Rickards Appointed 
Motiograph's Adv. Chief 

Chicago — H. B. (Tex) Rickards 
has joined Motiograph, Inc., as ad- 
vertising and publicity chief, ac- 
cording to an announcement by J. 
B. Kleckner, president. More recent- 
ly he has been associated with Bro- 
buck, Inc., a Detroit advertising 
concern devoted to the automotive 
sales promotion field. 

SWG-SP Decision Still 

Two to Three Weeks Off 

Washington Bureau, of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — NLRB advises The 
Film Daily that the decision on the 
controversial Screen Writers Guild- 
Screen Playwright case will not be 
handed down before two or three 
weeks at the earliest. 


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Trans-Lux 3 3 3 + Vs 

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Fox Thea. Bldg. 6 Vis 1st '36 514 6I/4 

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Met. Playhouse, Inc. 5s '43 60 62 

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Executive Secretary. Ten years with 
famous producer. Capable of 
handling all office detail. 

1501 B'way N. Y. C. 

GSC Finds Biz Better 

Chicago— M. Rubens' Great States 
circuit reports business improve- 
ment since Jan. 1. The circuit has 
booked several flesh shows for key 
cities and will add other acts as busi- 
ness expands. 

"Snow White" Strong 3rd 

Wet Coast Bureau nf THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — With total intake of 
first three weeks exceeding previous 
record-holders, RKO's "Snow White 
and the Seven Dwarfs" rounded out 
its third week strongly, it was re- 
ported last night. 

"Wells Fargo" Carry Over 

Chicago — As a result of two 
weeks' bis: biz at the Chicago The- 
ater, Balaban & Katz announced 
that "Wells Fargo" would be given 
the unprecedented honor of a carry- 
over engagement in B & K's second 
largest Loop house, the Oriental. 

Kennedy's Name Reported 

Wa^inaton Bureau nf THE FIT M DJTT.V 

Washington — Joseph P. Kennedy's 
nomination as Ambassador to Great 
Britain was formally reported by 
Senate Foreign Relations Commit- 
tee yesterday. 

Equity's Fair Request 

New York World's Pair is to be 
a closed shop for all legitimate the- 
ater performers, it was indicated 
yesterday, with Fair officials ex- 
pected to act favorably on Actors' 
Equity request. 


fhursday, Jan. 13,1938 



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reached at joint sessions with union 
officials in mid-December, is to be 
mailed immediately to Louis Krause, 
IAT.SE international vice-president, 
apgpohn Gatelee,- New England of- 
fiterr', for consideration by special 

Frank N. Phelps, Warner Bros, 
executive in charge of labor rela- 
tions, is reported to have brought 
negotiators to mutual understanding. 
A joint session of sales chiefs and 
union heads is shortly to follow 
meeting of union committee. 

Hope Fades for Killing 

of Miss. Admish Levy 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

the present lower sales tax substi- 
tuted by the Legislature now in ses- 
sion was crushed yesterday as re- 
liable sources advised The Film 
Daily that Gov. Hugh White threat- 
ened to veto such tax relief measure 
if introduced and passed. 

White, whose election, was op- 
posed by some exhibitors who turn- 
ed their screen to propaganda pur- 
poses, is sponsoring a land tax ex- 
emption bill, popular in this agri- 
cultural state, and evidently feels 
any other tax relief impossible un- 
der circumstances. 

That this blue law state might 
okay Sunday shows seemed possible 
though as it was learned strong sen- 
timent, including two prominent dail- 
ies, were behind movement and law 
legalizing Sabbath shows might be 
introduced by exhibitors. 

Tri-States Purchases 

Hiland In Des Moines 

Des Moines — Tri-States Theater 
Corp. announces the addition of a 
new Des Moines theater, making 
eight soon to be operated by the 
circuit in this city. The corporation 
has purchased the lease, equipment 
and exhibition rights of the Hiland 
Theater from I. E. Peterson and 
will start construction of a new 
theater in north Des Moines at an 
expenditure of about $20,000. This 
will be the third suburban house for 
the circuit. 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 
the following on their birthday: 

Kay Francis Edwin Styles 

Louis Payne Herbert Brenon 

with pnir M. t)Ai_y 

T T T 

• • • BELITTLING that is the psychology that is evidently 

being used on touting "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in this 

particular stunt on account of the Dwarf Motif in the story 

Barret McCormick's dep't over at RKO Radio has hired Captain Jimmy 

Rosen, uncrowned king of the "little people" who acts as special 

ambassador as he visits the hardboiled folks in the newspaper offices. 

▼ T T 

• • • AND DOES Capt. Jimmy put on an act! he 

sneaks in and hides in the drawer of the editor or columnist's 

desk or drops out of his pocket when the newspaper guy 

uses his handkerchief IF newspaper guys use handkerchiefs 

when finally discovered Capt. Jimmy says: "Oh, hello. 

Going to use anything on 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'? 
I'm not touting this picture, understand. Just wanted to know. 
It's really too small a matter to talk about. Cost three million, 
took three years to make, and being sold on a fifty per cent 
basis which tops all records in the film biz. So what? It's really 
too small a matter to discuss. Let's talk about something really 
IMPORTANT. Let's talk about YOU. Tell me something about 

yourself" and Capt. Jimmy fishes out pad and pencil and 

waits for the Great Newspaperman's words with bated breath 

is it An Act? W-E-L-L! 

T T ▼ 

• • • PHILOSOPHY of theater operation as sponsored by 

Joseph Bernhard, managing director of Warner Theaters in the 

year just past, there were 412 promotions from the ranks promo- 
tions will continue from the ranks and in a printed proclamation, 

J. B. goes on record with the statement that when the choice is made 
to fill an opening, it will go to the man who best exemplifies the ideal 
of service to his company and the public 

T T T 

• • « EDITORIAL from the Times-Picayune of New 

Orleans last Sunday commenting upon the Film Daily Ten 

Best Poll noting with appreciation the fact that the pre- 
ferred 10 do not include a single production "that is trashy, 

salacious or likely to degrade even the most youthful and un- 
formed moral codes." after analyzing the type of each of 

the winning ten, the editorial concludes: "This is a good show- 
ing from every point of view, and particularly so from that of 
those despairing creatures (many of them ardent fans) who be- 
moan what they insist is the debasing influence of the cinema 
upon American life." 

T ▼ T 

• • • AT THE AMPA luncheon today Henry Fonda and 

Sidney Blackmer will be on the dais in addition to Ethel Merman, 

Helen Broderick, Jackie Cooper, Broderick Crawford and Louise Piatt. 

T ▼ T 

e • • CELEBRATING their twentieth anniversary in 

the theater end Crawford and "Pop" Spearman of Edmon, 

Oklahoma, are staging a special events week at their two local 
houses all the old patrons are being given 'special rates. . . 

• At the first night showing of "I Met My Love Again" at the 
Roxy tomorrow nite, Henry Fonda, Dame May Whitty 
and Louise Piatt, three of the principals, will be on hand for the 
Walter W anger picture . . 

« « « 

» » » 


(Continued from Page 1) 

tained the arbitration clause in their 
contracts, Paramount dropped it on 
request of the MPTOA which asked 
for a shorter contract. 

Agnew was questioned regarding 
the clause when it was learned that 
Allied Theaters of New Jersey had 
decided to urge its members to in- 
sist that the distributors sign the 
clause when making contracts. The 
issue arose from the recent suit 
brought by the Newark Amusement 
Co. against Paramount to compel the 
distributor to arbitrate a case. On 
Dec. 23, the court ruled that Para- 
mount could not be compelled to sub- 
mit to arbitration because it had 
not signed the arbitration clause. 

In commenting on the arbitration 
situation, Agnew indicated that the 
MPTOA's proposal for conciliation 
boards might be of benefit to the in- 
dustry and that he was in favor of 
their establishment, despite the fact 
that several other major distributors 
were understood opposed to it. 

Cobian's Spanish Plans 

Cobian Productions, formed by 
Ramos Cobian, president of United 
Theaters Corp: of Puerto Rico, and 
Julio R. Bruno, director of the same 
corporation, is to produce three 
Spanish features starring Tito Gui- 
zar for distribution by Paramount 
in the world Spanish market, ac- 
cording to an announcement yester- 
day. Cobian, searching for story 
material, is making headquarters at 
Hotel Edison. 


Homer Bassford 

St. Louis — Funeral services were 
held yesterday at the Lupton Chap- 
el for Homer Bassford, 67, motion 
picture critic of the St. Louis Star- 

Mrs. Grace G. Landy 

Funeral services will be held at 
10 o'clock this morning in St. 
Aloysius Roman Catholic Church at 
Great Neck, L. I., for Mrs. Grace 
G. Landy, 47, former musical com- 
edy actress and sister-in-law of 
George M. Cohan. She died on 
Monday night in the Meadowbrook 
Hospital, East Hempstead, of heart 
trouble. Surviving are a daughter, 
Mary; five sisters, including Mrs. 
Frank Leland of Hollywood, and 
four brothers, Matthew and Harry 
Nolan of Brookline, Archie Nolan 
of Stamford, Conn., and William 
Nolan of Hollywood. 

Myrtle Stedman 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Funeral services were 
held here Monday for Myrtle Sted- 
man, 50, pioneer screen actress. 



Thursday, Jan. 13, 1938 


(Continued from Page 1) 

U. S. shortly in connection with the 
proposed deals. 

The English producer expressed 
the belief that the present unsettled 
conditions within the production 
ranks of UA would work out for the 
best. He asserted he was optimistic 
over the future of the company and 
that he was confident that "all of 
its producers" would deliver "money 

As to David 0. Selznick's future 
plans, Korda had nothing to say, de- 
claring that the present status was 
not known to him. 

Korda's next picture for UA dis- 
tribution in this country will be 
"Divorce of Lady X," starring Merle 
Oberon, which will be released Feb. 
18. Previews indicate, he said, that 
the picture is a top-rate comedy. 

Korda plainly showed the strain of 
his three months in New York and 
Hollywood. He admitted that he was 
very tired but that he was anxious 
to get back to work at his London 
studios. He would not enlarge upon 
his future plans, either in this coun- 
try or in England, until he had time 
to learn what had transpired abroad 
during his absence. 

Maurice Silverstone, UA manager 
for the United Kingdom, did not re- 
turn with Korda. Silverstone plans 
to remain in New York for a while 
to undergo some medical treatment. 


Middleton, Conn. — Arthur Lock- 
wood of Middlesex Enterprises, op- 
erating three theaters here, is back 
on the job after a tonsilectomy. 

Cleveland — William N. Skirball, 
associate of I. Libson of Cincinnati 
in the Elleness Amusement Co., 
Inc., which owns and operates a cir- 
cuit of more than a dozen theaters 
in Ohio, is at Mount Sinai Hospital, 
suffering from pneumonia. 

Detroit — Earl W. Hudson, p. a. 
for United Detroit Theaters, is laid 
up with a severe chest cold. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Jane Wyman, War- 
ner contract player, is a patient at 
the Queen of Angels Hospital, fol- 
lowing an operation for appendi- 

Steubenville, 0. — Condition of 
Nick G. Anas, widely known upper 
Ohio valley theater operator is re- 
ported as only fair at the Steuben- 
ville hospital here where he has 
been confined for some time. 

A "£iHU" hom "Ms 



Sophie Tucker at 50 

COPHIE TUCKER will celebrate 
her fiftieth birthday on the 
Metro-Maxwell Hour "Good News 
of 1938" radio program tonight at 
9 o'clock (EST). Robert Taylor 
again will act as emcee. Others on 
the program will include Fanny 
Brice, Frank Morgan, Miliza Kor- 
jus, Edna May Oliver and Gilbert 

Miss Oliver and Morgan will ap- 
pear in scenes from "Paradise for 
Three," recently completed at the 
Culver City studios. 

V V V 

Barrymore as Louis XV 

John Barrymore will have the 
role of Louis XV in M-G-M's 
"Marie Antoinette." Henry Stephen- 
son in the role of Count Mercy is 
another addition to the acting ros- 

Durante in Shirley's Pix 

Jimmy Durante, who recently 
completed a leading role in the 
20th Century-Fox musical, "Sally, 
Irene and Mary," will have a com- 
edy lead in "Little Miss Broadway," 
Shirley Temple's next picture. 
Harry Tugend and Jack Yellen are 
the screen playwrights, and the 
score is by Walter Bullock and Har- 
old Spina. The picture goes into 
production Jan. 24, with Irving 
Cummings directing. David Hemp- 
stead is associate producer. 

V V V 

Son to Rejoin Eberson 

Drew Eberson, assistant director 
on "Penrod's Double Trouble," at 
Warners, is planning to quit pic- 
ture business to rejoin his father, 
John Eberson, in his architect's of- 
fice. He leaves shortly for New 

Camera, Projector Exports 
At $204,284 in November 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — U. S. foreign ex- 
ports of motion picture cameras 
and projectors of both standard and 
substandard gauge reached a total 
of $204,284 in November last, ac- 
cording to a report of the U. S. 
Dept. of Commerce issued by the 
Motion Picture Division, headed by 
Nathan D. Golden. Report, made 
public yesterday, showed Hawaii 
and Puerto Rico received $2,796 of 
the same commodity. 

Sound equipment foreign exports 
totaled $203,018 with Hawaii listed 
as accepting $1,620 worth of the 
same. All sizes of film, exposed 
and non-exposed, positive and nega- 
tive, were exported to foreign coun- 
tries in the amount of $668,771, 
figures revealed, with exports of 
the same to Hawaii, Puerto Rico 
and Virgin Islands amounting to 

Greenblatt With Cavalcade 

Robert Greenblatt, formerly asso- 
ciated with Metro and Educational, 
has been appointed head of the the- 
ater operations of Cavalcade Pic- 
tures, Inc. Greenblatt is the brother 
of Arthur Greenblatt of Gaumont 
British. Cavalcade's distributing of- 
fices are being organized in 32 cit- 
ies for the handling of a series of 
documentary films of basic U. S. 

III. Allied's Rating Plan 

Chicago — Retaliation against ra- 
dio commentators airing unfavorable 
Hollywood material is threatened by 
Allied Theaters of Illinois, according 
to a report that member theaters 
may give products advertised by 
commentators ratings on screen. 
Plans call for audience to vote on 
product gradings. 

Wage Liability Measure 

Introduced at Albany 

Albany — Frank Monaco, Ameri- 
can Labor Party of Brooklyn, has 
introduced a bill in the Assembly 
making directors and officers of 
every stock corporation liable for 
payment of wages to employees. 
Present law provides all stockhold- 
ers are so liable. This bill would 
make the officers and directors in- 
dividually liable. It was advocated 
by the theatrical group of the State 
Federation legislative conference. 

Ralph Schwartz, Democrat of 
Brooklyn, has introduced a bill in 
the Assembly giving the right of a 
picket in an industrial dispute to a 
jury trial. 

Crawford W. Hawkins, Brooklyn 
Democrat, has introduced a bill 
prohibiting sympathy strikes where 
employer is living up to his con- 
tract or agreement. 

Menace of New Bill May 

Bring Unity in France 

Paris (By cable) — Menacing pro- 
visions of the new cinema bill now 
being drafted by M. Jean Zay, Min- 
ister for National Education, are 
expected to further the industry 
unity movement led by the French 
Exhibitors Association, of which M. 
Raymond Lussiez is president. 

It is reported in reliable quarters 
that the new bill may interdict 
duals, create a special tax on dub- 
bings, provide for the classification 
of films and provide for a strict con- 
trol of receipts. 


"Hotel" Starts Big 

Warners claimed yesterday that 
matinee biz of "Hollywood Hotel", 
opening at the N. Y. Strand yester- 
day, went ahead of "The Life of 
Emile Zola". 



A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 

(Continued from Page 1) t^tk 
Bob Larsen, former manager of sj^^'s 
Theater in Boston. Incidentally, first 
movie idea de Rochemont ever sold was 
to the elder Larsen in 1916. It was a 
1.000-foot football special of the Harvard- 
Dartmouth game of that year. 

• • P. D. COCHRANE • • 

When 1937 
opened lire, so 
did this cap- 
able head of 
U n i v e r s al's 
triple alliance 
of advertising- 
p u b 1 i c i I y • 
exploitation de- 
partments. The 
result was a 
powerful bar- 
rage of the 
printed word, 
carefully cal- 
culated to drive U. S. film favorers right 
up to box offices for the sweet buy and 
buy. From his headquarters in Rocke- 
feller Center, P. D. directed the national 
and actually international campaigns 
dealing with the company's product, — a 
job which he had long and well done 
'neath the U banner. But at the outset of 
December, his resignation was an- 
nounced. John E. Joseph, advertising di 
rector of the Chicago division of RKO, 
being designated as his successor. At 
this writing P. D. is planning new fields 
to conquer. 


GN's v.p. i n 
charge of dis- 
tribution in- 
creased sales 
of the compa- 
ny in 1937 to 
a gross ap- 


which was a 
showing, par- 
t i c u 1 a rly in 
light of thej| 
fact that this 

figure was attained a year and a quar- 
ter after the organization started busi- 
ness! Also had a part in arranging 
for acquisition of the GN studios in Hol- 
lywood, one of the big lots there. Made 
several visits to leading exchanges from 
coast to coast, and last June presided 
at his outfit's annual convention in Los 
Angeles. Did a whale of a job selling 
the mighty meritorious Cagney pix, as 
well as the entire line-up. 

Follow this series of 1937 History 
Makers in subsequent issues of The 
Film Daily; selections are made 
from the ranks of men who made 
headlines during the year. 




Thursday, Jan. 13, 1938 


:< :< R6VI6UJS Of TH€ ItCUJ fILfnS .v .v 

"Love is a Headache" 

with Gladys George, Franchot Tone, Mickey 


M-G-M 68 mins. 





A wealth of gags and bright lines en- 
trusted to a splendid cast consisting of 
Gladys George, Franchot Tone, Mickey 
Rooney, Virginia Weidler, Frank Jenks, Ted 
Healy and Ralph Morgan makes this a very 
enjoyable comedy of the better grade pro- 
gram variety. The story may have a few 
shortcomings such as the unconvincing 
sudden transition of Miss George from a 
publicity seeking actress to a loving mother 
and the trivialities on which the supposed 
kidnapping is based, but with the piece 
moving very fast and the laughs coming 
often and solid, the deficiencies are not 
too weighty. The two kids Mickey Rooney 
and Virginia Weidler are particularly good 
and every scene in which they appear goes 
over big. Toward the beginning a good 
deal of pathos is developed by the death of 
their father which leaves them orphans. 
Richard Thorpe, the director, is entitled to 
a good deal of the credit for the excellent 
manner in which he handled the players 
and for never allowing a dull moment to 
get on the screen. Marion Parsonnet, 
Harry Ruskin, William R. Lipman, Lou Hei- 
fetz and Herbert Klein contributed the 
screenplay which was produced by Frederick 
Stephani. When Mickey Rooney and Vir- 
ginia Weidler are orphaned by their 
father's untimely death, a boyhood friend 
of the father's, Franchot Tone, now a fam- 
ous columnist, broadcasts a message ask- 
ing a home for the kids. Gladys George, 
a publicity seeking actress, loved by Tone, 
is continually battling with him because he 
is trying to guide her career. Her press 
agent, Ted Healy, has the kids sent to her 
apartment for a publicity buildup. Tone 
immediately decides the whole thing is for 
publicity, but Miss George insists her 
motherly instincts prompt her to keep them 
even though they are little toughies. Tone 
wants to take them from her to turn them 
over to a regular family and a setup like 
kidnapping develops. Everything can be 
cleared up nicely with Miss George keeping 
the children if she is married. With a 
woman sheriff, Jessie Ralph, holding a gun 
in his rib, Miss George gets Fanchot to 
say yes. 

CAST: Gladys George, Franchot Tone, 

Ted Healy, Mickey Rooney, Frank Jenks, 

i Ralph Morgan, Virginia Weidler, Jessie 

J Ralph, Fay Holden, Barnett Parker, Julius 

I Tannen. 

CREDITS: Producer, Frederick Stephani; 
■ Director, Richard Thorpe; Screenplay, Marion 
I Parsonnet, Harry Ruskin, William R. Lipman, 
| Lou Heifetz, Herbert Klein; Cameraman, 
J John Seitz, ASC; Art Director, Cedric Gib- 
' bons, Associates, Joseph Wright, Edwin B. 
- Willis; Editor, Conrad A. Nervig; Musical 
i Score by Edward Ward; Recording Direc- 
j tor, Douglas Shearer. 


Manistee House to Start 

Detroit — New Vogue Theater, 
erected by Butterfield Circuit, is 
slated to open today at Manistee. 

"Tarzan's Revenge" 

with Eleanor Holm, Glenn Morris, George 

20th -Fox 70 mins. 


The neighborhood houses that play to 
the kid audiences should draw them in with 
this one, but it has no value for adults. 
The picture has a sufficient amount of 
thrills and action to keep the juvenile fans 
on the edge of their seats, but as a whole 
it suffers from repetition and a slow pace 
in the story. There is an ever present fac- 
tor of suspense that is maintained fairly 
well, and a capable supporting cast does 
the best it can to help the picture along. 
Such talented players as George Barbier, 
Hedda Hopper, C. Henry Gordon and George 
Meeker have been cast in support of Miss 
Holm and Morris. Morris has a magnificent 
physique and swims well in the scenes 
obviously designed to show the aquatic 
prowess of Miss Holm. However, the four- 
star actor of the picture is the reliable 
chimpanzee that steals all the Tarzan pic- 
tures from the principals with his funny 
antics. The story concerns Miss Holm's 
abduction by the minions of the villainous 
Gordon, a jungle sultan, and her subsequent 
rescue by the omnipresent Tarzan. There 
are some good stock shots of wild animals 
that give the picture a fairly authentic 
background. The Edgar Rice Burroughs 
fables have always proved good B.O. with 
the juvenile audiences and this one should 
follow the customary line of march. 

CAST: Glenn Morris, Eleanor Holm, 
George Barbier, C. Henry Gordon, Hedda 
Hopper, George Meeker, Corbett Morris, 
Joseph Sawyer, John Lester Johnson. 

CREDITS: Producer, Sol Lesser; Director, 
D. Ross Lederman; Novel by, Edgar Rice 
Burroughs; Screenplay, Robert Lee Johnston 
and Jay Vann; Editor, Eugene Milford; Cam- 
eraman, George Meehan. 

0. K. 

Mono. Sets Distribution 
Deals With Foreign Firms 

Promoto, A. B., which is to dis- 
tribute Monogram features in 
Sweden, has opened offices in Stock- 
holm and Malmo, Sweden, Norton 
V. Ritchey, Monogram export man- 
ager, announced yesterday. Office 
will be under joint direction of Hol- 
ger Lund and John Ek. At the same 
time Ritchey announced that Ali- 
anca Films, Ltd., with headquar- 
ters in Porto, Portugal, will handle 
distribution of Monogram product 
in that country. 

Distribution of all Monogram 
product in Australia, New Zealand 
and Tasmania has been assigned to 
British Empire Films, Pty, Ltd., ac- 
cording to Ritchey. Deal also covers 
territory owned by Great Britain in 
South Sea Islands. 

British Empire Films recently sev- 
ered connections with Hoyts Theater 
group and is now associated with 
Greater Union Theaters, controllers 
of large circuit in involved territory. 

* F0R6IIGH * 

"Eva, Das Fabrik- 

(Eva, The Factory Girl) 
with Magda Schneider, Hans Soehnker, 

Heinz Ruehmann 
Bruno Zwicker 90 Mins. 


A pleasing melange of music, comedy 
and romance are combined in this new 
Viennese picture for the entertainment 
of the foreign fans. The film has a mu- 
sical score written by the talented Franz 
Lehar, but it is not up to his better 
known works. The story is amusing in 
spots and the romantic angle has been 
worked out nicely, but the continuity is 
awkward in spots. There is little exhibi- 
tor value outside of its proper sphere, 
despite complete English titles. The at- 
tractive Magda Schneider and the cap- 
able Hans Soehnker carry the romantic 
part of the story, with the clever comedi- 
an, Heinz Ruehmann, handling most of 
the comedy. She is employed in a por- 
celain factory owned by Soehnker's grand- 
mother, who asks him to take over the 
factory and try and put it back on its 
feet. He enters the factory as a worker 
and falls in love with Magda. When his 
identity becomes known there is a series 
of misunderstandings, but Soehnker finally 
convinces Magda and her friends that 
he wants to marry her, which makes every- 
thing all right. Miss Schneider's singing 
is pleasing, and Hans Moser is helpful 
to Ruehmann in handling the comedy. 

CAST: Magda Schneider, Hans Soehn- 
ker, Heinz Ruehmann, Hans Moser, Adele 
Sandrock, Ferdinand Meyerhofer, Mimi 
Shorp, Franz Schafheitlin. 

CREDITS: Produced by Atlantis Films; 
Director, Johannes Riemann. Presented 
at the Garden Theater with German dia- 
logue and English titles. 

PHY, Good. 


(The Lottery Princess) 
with Karolina Lubienska, Eugenjusz Bodo, 

Loda Niemirzanka 
Star Films 91 mins. 


An amusing light comedy, this new Pol- 
ish picture should prove to be entertaining 
screen fare for Polish audiences, but it has 
no exhibitor value outside its own sphere 
due to lack of English titles. The story 
is inconsequential, but a capable cast and 
a series of amusing sequences keep it mov- 
ing at all times. There are some excellent 
outdoor scenes in the film. Karolina Lu- 
bienska, an attractive young lady who can 
sing as well as act, heads the cast, and 
Eugenjusz Bodo is adequate opposite the 

star. The story deals with a slight case of 
mistaken identity when Miss Lubienska 
is dressed in skiing clothes, and is mis- 
taken for a male guest at a hotel. She 
is offered a job as a dancer to entertain 
the unescorted ladies who frequent the 
hotel. Most of the comedy situations come 
from this plot, with her identity being re- 
vealed in the end of the picture. She 
naturally falls in love with the best look- 
ing man at the place, and when he sees 
her as a woman everything is satisfactorily 
worked out. 

CAST: Karolina Lubienska, Eugenjusz 
Bodo, Loda Niemirzanka, Antoni Fertner, 
Stephan Sielanski, Jerzy Marr, Josef Orwid, 
Klemens Melczarek. 

CREDITS: A Star Film production; Di- 
rected by Kon Konrad, Tom and Stanislaw 
Szebego. Presented at the Belmont The- 
ater with all-Polish dialogue and without 
English titles. 

PHY, Good. 

"Pusztai Szel" 

(Wind of the Plains) 
with Maria Lazar, Paul Javor, Ferenc Kiss 
Danubia Pictures, Inc. 71 mins. 


With a good dramatic story, a capable 
cast, and the expert direction of Stephen 
Szekely, ace Hungarian director, this new 
Hungarian importation should please the 
fans. The skillful assembling of the pic- 
ture and expert photography sets a new 
high for Magyar films. However, it seems 
that more attention has been given to 
camera effects, lights and shadows, com- 
position and the costuming of the actors, 
than has been given to the actors them- 
selves. Despite the powerful story and 
competent cast, the picture lacks the 
emotional realism necessary to make it 
an outstanding film. Maria Lazar, Paul 
Javor and Ferenc Kiss are more than ade- 
quate in their roles, and the rest of the 
cast are capable. The story concerns a 
period of the 1800's. Kiss, a bandit, has 
had a long standing attachment with 
Maria, an innkeeper. Javor appears on 
the scene as a member of the mounted 
patrol, and he falls for Maria. She re- 
turns his feelings, but is faced with the 
thought of Kiss, who she knows will take 
some sort of reprisal measures. Kiss faces 
Javor with the facts, and Maria is forced 
to admit they are true. Kiss attempts to 
kill Javor, and Maria, believing her lover 
dead, betrays him to the authorities in a 
very dramatic scene. The action of the 
picture is easy to follow, and a prologue 
in English with a synopsis of the story is 
presented with the film. 

CAST: Maria Lazar, Paul Javor, Ferenc 
Kiss, Joseph Juhasz, Gabor Rajnay. 

CREDITS: Produced by Magyar Films 
Iroda; Director, Stephen Szekely; Screen- 
play, Otto Indig and Sandor Hunyady. 
Presented at the Modern Playhouse with 
Hungarian dialogue and an English synop- 


(Other Reviews on Page 8) 




Thursday, Jan. 13, 193J 



"Ski Flight" 

(Vitaphone Variety) 

Vitaphone 9 Mins. 

Magnificent Sport Reel 

While film cameras have, in many 
countries and on many occasions, 
recorded for screen consumption the 
art and science of skiing, no single 
reel made to date is more lucid, in- 
structive, entertaining or better fab- 
ricated than this one. It is made 
to order for the scions of the snowy 
slopes, and is bound to hold the in- 
terest, too, of those who have never 
sallied forth to essay this stimulat- 
ing sport. Exhibitors everywhere 
in the United States, the semi- 
tropical climes of the deepest South 
included, will find "Ski Flight" a 
charming addition to their pro- 
grams. It presents Otto Lang, 
famous ski instructor of the Arl- 
berg school of Hannes Schneider, 
demonstrating the technique of 
turns and glides. Great credit is 
due to whomsoever conceived this 
short's pattern, for it is effective, 
artistic and new. It is also ex- 
cellently photographed, while How- 

ard Claney's narration is as crisp 
and clear as a bright Winter day. 

"My Little Buckaroo" 
(Merrie Melody Cartoon) 


7 Mins. 

Top-flight Reel 

A "must book" short for the ex- 
hibitor, and a "must see" short for 
the public, this is a mighty slice of 
entertainment, despite its brevity. 
Furthermore, it is easily one of the 
cleverest, fastest-moving of the 
current tab productions, and ranks, 
besides, among the best which Leon 
Schlesinger has turned out to date. 
Made in full, realistic Technicolor, 
its story, by Ted Pierce, reveals the 
raids staged by a bandit on a bank 
near the Mexican border, and the 
subsequent pursuit of the culprit 
by a heroic cowhand. The latter 
is considerably handicapped in bag- 
ging The Terror, as the bandit is 
known, because his own horse, a 
personable pinto, likes to slide 
down hillsides better than chasing 
outlaws. Patrons of all ages and 
tastes will revel in this short. Carl 
W. Stalling's music score is crisp 
and stimulating, and Bob McKim- 
son's animation is of an unusually 
high order. 


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"Screen Snapshots" 

(Series 17, No. 5) 

Columbia 9'/2 mins. 

Interesting Hollywood Parade 

A long list of Hollywood stars ap- 
pear in this newest clip in the Har- 
riet Parsons Screen Snapshots series. 
It opens with numerous stars play- 
ing a goofy new game that is the 
current rage. Then we go to Tolucca 
Lake and Palm Springs for some 
more shots of the stars at play, 
with the picture winding up at an 
opening of a new Hawaiian night 
club in Hollywood. Some of the 
stars that are shown include: George 
Murphy, Nan Gray, Chester Morris, 
Marjorie Gateson, Warren William, 
Johnny Weissmuller, Mary Brian, 
Ann Sothern, Dick Powell, Bette 
Davis, Sidney Blackmer, Smith Bal- 
lew, Robert Young, Jean Parker, 
Michael Whalen, Tom Brown, Mary 
Carlisle and Cesar Romero. 

"India's Millions" 

(Colortour Adventure) 

Vitaphone 10 Mins. 

Enjoyable Travel Subject 

Travel-minded patrons, together 
with those who appreciate the op- 
portunities the screen affords for 
acquaintanceships with lands afar, 
will be certain to enjoy this short 
which is a literally colorful argosy 
into some of India's southern cities 
and adjacent locales where the an- 
cient and modern prevail in sharp 
contrast. The camera catches the 
populace at work, and, at the cli- 
max, in one of the great religious 
processions whose pageantry is so 
characteristic of India. There are 
some well-conceived and executed 
shots of marketplaces, temples, and 
natives carrying on tasks in accord- 
ance with their caste. Narration is 
by Basil Ruysdael and always in- 

Charles Kemper in 

"Getting An Eyeful" 

Educational 18 Mins. 

Smash Comedy 

The experiences of a gent who 
graduates from a correspondence 
school where they teach him to be 
an eye tester. Charles Kemper 
plays the role, and does an out- 
standing job that rates him as one 
of the real comedians operating in 
the short story field. Also in line 
for special mention is Danny Kaye, 
who is his first victim as a patient. 
The gag is that Charlie has mar- 
ried a rich girl, against her father's 
wishes, and the old man gives him 
thirty days to make good before 
he will bless the wedding. So 
Charlie is out to do a real job on 
Danny. He does. These two come- 
dians put on a show that for or- 
iginal and clever comedy has not 
been topped in the films. They are 
a riot number, and should go far 
and clean up. 

"Scrappy's News Flashes" 

Columbia 6'/i mins. 

Laughable Newsreel Takeoff 

This one is designed on the order 
of a newsreel, with the events pre- 
sented in the same fashion. S crap py. 
the commentator, opens withlBkaby 
parade. Then there are some^Pius- 
ing scenes of a tornado and automo- 
bile tests. Following this is a female 
fashion commentator, with a windup 
consisting of a takeoff on Lew Lehr 
and Ed. Thorgerson, in the goofy 
and sports departments. Charles 
Mintz produced this one with Allan 
Rose providing the story and Harry 
Love the animation. 


"Oh Kay, Rhythm" 


Paramount 10 mins. 

Lively Band Number 

The first appearance in pictures 
of the radio attraction, Herbie Kay 
and his band. This youthful aggre- 
gation handle their novelty numbers 
with plenty of pep and enthusiasm, 
and they make a very entertaining 
group. The boys offer vocal as welllfr 
as instrumental numbers, including 
"Smarty," "I'd Rather Call You 
Baby," "Sound Effects Man," and[ 
"The Twelfth Street Rag." 

"Unreal Newsreel" 
(Vitaphone Variety) 



Warners 9 mins. | 

Amusing Burlesque Reel 

Narrated by Paul Douglas, this 
compilation of shots in newsreel 
form makes a diverting subject, 
particularly for those audiences lik- . 
ing burlesque and satire. The initial 
scenes are library shots from pix o: 
the long ago and are chosen for the 
humor they contain. The more pro-* P 
tracted sequences come toward the 
finis, that which deals with a con 
vention of magicians and the reel's, E' 
climax which shows an elusive, com- E 
ical, newly-hatched duck which de- R 
fies all attempts of the grocer's t 
clerk to apprehend it. 

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"Love Goes West" 

(Song and Comedy Hit) 

Educational 10 Mins 

Fine Ranch Atmosphere 

Featuring Louise Massey and 
The Westerners, who represent the 
owner and cowhands respectively 
on a dude ranch. When the city |* 
girls arrive for their romantic va-! f 
cation as they anticipate, they find pi 
only the unshaven cowhands and 
are disgusted and ready to go back 
home. But Louise lines up the 
hands, has them slick up in store 
clothes, and they throw a dance for 
the eastern guests. With songs and 
instrumental music they change the 
picture so that the girls are ready 
to stay indefinitely. Arizona O'Neal 
and his gang deliver som 
lively western numbers such a; 
"Ridin' for the River" and "Givel^ 
Me the West." 



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Thursday, Jan. 13, 1938 




(Continued from Page 1) 

>a congressional investigation of all 
monopolies in industry. 
, "I will definitely press for action 
on my monopoly resolution before 
[ the Rules Committee as soon as it 
. . meei-anext week", Dies declared. 
S'"Pi \ " a shows will very definitely 
'be included in legislation we will 
'J pass this session so that the monop- 
j olistic tie-up of producers, exhibi- 
• tors and distributors will be brok- 
en. There is no question about this 
''following conferences we have been 
; ; holding on the hill." 

Meanwhile Congressman Hobbs of 
'Alabama, sponsor of another pend- 
ing picture investigatory measure, 
reported conferences with both At- 
torney General Cummings and As- 
sistant Attorney General Jackson, 
the administration's ace trust-bus- 
ter, reporting "agreement on the 
general proposition". 

Loew's and Paramount 

File Special SEC Reports 

c (Continued from Page 1) 

!md stated that the company was 
I iquidated in accordance with Sec- 
lion 112 of the Revenue Act of 1936. 
1 It was further reported that the 
'it & W Corp. has become a subsid- 
iary of Loew's through acquisition of 
LOO per cent of its capital stock. 

A stock restatement was filed by 
Paramount, amounting to $7,462. 
; rhe December restatement consisted 
)f surrender of 820 shares 2nd pre- 
. erred stock having a value of $8,- 
;!00 and issuance of 738 shares com- 
mon stock $1 par value. 
1 The following companies were re- 
ported dissolved in Paramount's re- 
port: Eastern Amusement Co., Mont- 
gomery Enterprises, Inc.; City The- 
ter Building, Inc.; Codman Square 
Theater Co., and Union Hill Theater 

The stock of Falls Operating Corp. 
- nd Keneca Amusement Corp. was 
old to affiliated companies not con- 
rolled by Paramount. One subsid- 
iary of Famous Players Canadian 
!orp. was liquidated and another 
etermined not controlled by Para- 
iount, it was stated. 

The name of Miniature Motion 
'icture Corp. was chanered to Six- 
aen Millimeter Sound Films, Inc. 

123 French Features 

Paris (By Cable) — Seventeen French 
studios produced 123 features, in- 
crease of 6, in 1937, according to "La 
Cinematographie Francaise." Three of 
the pix were made wholly on location. 
Approximately 12 features are now in 
production, 50 others scheduled. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

June 8, 1939. Major has made nine 
pictures for Paramount release, the 
last two being "Every Day's a Holi- 
day" and "Dr. Rhythm." 

Cohen, in a statement last night, 
charged lack of co-operation on the 
part of Paramount and added that 
the matter had been placed in the 
hands of his firm's attorneys. "We 
expect to use every available remedy 
to protect our rights," he said. "We 
believe there will be some very in- 
teresting facts brought to light 
when this matter is brought into 

Attorney Lloyd Wright will rep- 
resent Major Pictures. Major has 
shut down all its operations and 
75 employees are affected. Cohen 
is reported to have personally paid 
$30,000 in salaries to Major em- 
ployes for the past nine working 

Happy Landing" Sneaked 

'e't Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — "Happy Landing", 
ew 20th-Fox pix starring Sonja 
fenie, had a sneak preview held in 
[untington Park last night. 

To Decorate Sonja 

Wash. Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Sonja Henie. film and 
skating star, will receive here tomor- 
row from the Norwegian Minister the 
Cross of the Knighthood, first class, 
of the Order of St. Olav. Occasion 
is first on which the decoration has 
been conferred for achievement in 
sports. The order was established by 
King Oscar I of Norway in 1847. 


Standard Buying Vitagraph 
Studio; Plans 16 Features 

(Continued from Page 1) 

and will take possession about March 
1st. Standard Pictures will release 
16 features during the first year 
through Standard Pictures Distrib- 
uting Corp. which will have its own 
exchanges in United States and Can- 

B. W. Richards is president of 
Standard, Lou Obresky vice-presi- 
dent and sales manager, Charles B. 
Taylor, secretary and treasurer. Van 
Rensselear Sternbergh of New York 
represents an Eastern group which 
is financing Standard and is a mem- 
ber of the Board of Directors. 

Standard plans to spend $100,000 
in construction work at the Vita- 
graph studio. 


M. Cooper Foundation 
Aided by Pix Percentage 

Lincoln, Neb. — >Bob Livingston, 
manager of the Capitol here, re- 
vealed in 46 weeks he has nlaced 
in the J. H. Cooper Foundation, 
$22,018. On his deal with the J. H. 
Cooper Enterprises here, to get the 
choice of the second-run films, he 
kicks in 40 per cent of his gross 
to the Foundation which has been 
built to approximately $115,000 and 
starts operating when it gets to a 

Report British Production 

As Showing Slight Gains 

(Continued from Page 1) 

up three to 225, British shorts, 15, 
to 211. British percentage of pro- 
ductions registered for 1937 as 
against foreign output is substan- 
tially the same — 28.3 p.c. in 1937, 
27.9 p.c. in 1936. Foreign features 
registered advanced from 530 in 
1936 to 571 in 1937. Foreign shorts 
went down from 612 to 562, how- 

Total of British footage regis- 
tered in 1937 was 1,643,828, all- 
time high. The 1936 total was 1,- 
641,534. Foreign footage went from 
4,238,416 in 1936 to 4,422,787 in 

British Labor Will Push 

for Changes in 1909 Act 

London (By cable) — Full revision 
of the 1909 Cinematograph Act will 
be advocated by a labor deputation 
which will wait upon Sir Samuel 
Hoare, Home Secretary, in Febru- 
ary. Primarily sponsored by the 
NAT and KE, the deputation is 
believed to have the co-operation of 
the Trade Unions Congress which 
urged definite amendments at its 
Norwich convention late in 1937. 


Twentieth Century-Fox in all 
probability will confine its future 
English productions largely to class 
"A" pictures, on a big budget ba- 
sis, Monty Banks, associate pro- 
ducer and director for the company, 
told The Film Daily yesterday be- 
fore he left for the Coast on the 

Future British production plans 
for the company, however, hinge on 
provisions of the new Quota Act and 
final decision of executives, which 
will be made within the next few 
weeks, Banks asserted. 

"He Was Her Man", starring 
Grade Fields, Victor McLaglen and 
Brian Donlevy, which was made in 
England, was Banks' last picture for 
the company. He expects to stay in 
Hollywood four or five weeks be- 
fore he returns to England. His 
commitment calls for another Gra- 
de Fields pix, Banks stated. 

Shapiro Writes Original 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Victor M. Shapiro 
has collaborated on an original 
screen story entitled "Her Private 
Business" which will be submitted 
to studios. 



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Emanuel Cohen Reported Talking Deal with RKO Radio 

STANLEYT$2,230,902 NET IS GAIN 0FT777,882 

Report 20th -Fox Will Make Own Shorts in New York 

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. . . brilliant success 

~-^= By CHESTER B. BAHN = 

OUT down for the record, please, that 
Walt Disney's "Snow White and the 
Seven Dwarfs," now on view at Radio 
City's Music Hall, is one of the honestly 
brilliant achievements of the film indus- 

Put down, further, that it is virtually 
impossible to calculate the prestige and 
good will that it will engender for the in- 
dustry, both home and abroad. 

And having written that, add this: It 
should prove to be one of the biggest box- 
office attractions in the history of the 
screen, for, like the fairy story it tells so 
enchantingly, so whimsically and so effec- 
tively, the picture is well nigh ageless, 

It belongs to tomorrow and the day 
after that as much as it does to today. 

To how many other pictures does that 


AS TO the immediate box-office po- 
** tentialities of the new classic, dis- 
tributed by RKO Radio, it is pertinent 
that the New York premiere yesterday 
saw the Music Hall clocking 12,782 ad- 
missions up to 6 p.m. when this came 
from the typewriter, with a 22,000 total 
for the day indicated. Further, it was re- 
ported that the theater had a sell-out 
through Sunday on reserved seats, and 
that the latter were now selling two 
weeks in advance. Reserved seat demand 
was without precedent, and the jubilant 
Music Hall management, audience ap- 
plause ringing pleasingly in its collec- 
tive ears, asserted it could have sold out 
the mezzanine reserved section yesterday 
many times over. 

On the West Coast, "Snow White" is 
now in its fourth week at the Carthay 
Circle after hanging up a new house 
gross for total intake in the first three. 

And this evident agreement by East and 
West on the merits of "Snow White and 
the Seven Dwarfs" undoubtedly will be 
enthusiastically echoed by North and South 
and all points in between as maximum dis- 
tribution is attained. 

'HE pioneer cartoon feature's value to 
the industry, however, is not restricted 

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Truman Talley Said Slated 

to Head Production; 

Plan 52 Shorts 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — It is reported here 
that starting on July 1, 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox will produce its own short 
subjects in New York City with Tru- 
man Talley in charge. The reported 
plan is to make 52 shorts at a cost 
of $800,000. 

Earle W. Hammons, president of 
Educational Pictures, is understood 
to be negotiating with other major 
companies for release of Educational 

"IPS" $500,000 YIELD 

Universal currently enjoyed the 
biggest week in the history of the 
company with played dates yielding 
$500,000, Nate J. Blumberg, presi- 
dent, said yesterday. 

With release dates set to the end 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Bank Renames Levy 

New Haven — Edward C. Levy, gen- 
eral counsel of MPTOA, has been re- 
elected a director of the Community 
Bank and Trust Co. of this city, it 
was reported yesterday. 


Charles E. Ford, managing direc- 
tor of Universal Newsreel, tendered 
his resignation yesterday, effective 

His duties, it was announced, 
would be assumed by his two assis- 
tants, Joseph O'Brien, and Tom 
Meade. Former will take charge of 
editing and make-up, the latter of 
finance and business. 

Announcement said that the move 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Fox Midwest Deals to Take 
Indie Houses Said Pending 

Fox Midwest has deals pending 
whereby it will take over some inde- 
pendent houses in the Kansas City 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Morris, Asher and Sloan 

Due From Coast Today 

Sam E. Morris, head of Warner 
Bros, foreign distribution, arrives 
from the Coast today, accompanied 
by Irving Asher, in charge of Brit- 
ish production; John Sloan, studio 
production manager, and Fernand 
Gravet, contract player. Charles 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Following Rupture with Paramount 
Major Pictures Head Confers with RKO 

Dallas Anti-Trust Counsel 
Here For Appeal Conference 

George Wright, counsel for ma- 
jor distributors in the Dallas anti- 
trust suit, is scheduled to arrive in 
New York today for conferences on 
the case with attorneys for the de- 

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West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Following the Major 
Pictures-Paramount rupture, it was 
reported here yesterday that Eman- 
uel Cohen, head of Major, and RKO 
Radio representatives have been 
conferring on a deal. 

No definite decision regarding_ a 
releasing arrangement for Major 
Pictures or for one which would see 

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Earnings Equal to $2.46 a 

Share As Against $1.61 

in 1936 

Stanley Co. of America earned a 
net operating profit of $2,230,902.2,7 
for the year ending Aug. 28, 1937, 
according to the annual report 
made public yesterday. This figure 
represents an increase of $777,882 
over the corresponding period end- 
ing August, 1936, when the report 
showed an operating profit of $1,- 
453,020. The earned surplus on the 
current statement is reported as 

Stanley company earnings amount 
to $2.46 per share compared with 
$1.61 per share last year. 

Federal income taxes for the 

(Continued on Page 4) 



Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Justice Department 
anti-trust "big-wigs" are sympathe- 
tic to the theory of his prospective 
bill to outlaw producer-controlled 
houses, Rep. Lyle Boren, Oklahoma 
sponsor, asserted yesterday. Follow- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

RKO Execs' Names Given 

Months in Depinet Drive 

President Leo Spitz, Pandro S. 
Berman, producer, Phil Reisman, 
vice-president of RKO Export Corp., 
and A. H. McCausland, RKO trus- 
tee, have lent their names to four 

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Just a Reader 

"All I know is what I read in the 
trade papers," Barney Balaban said 
yesterday when asked if Paramount 
planned to replace Emanuel Cohen's 
Major Pictures with another unit, fol- 
lowing the withdrawal of Cohen's or- 
ganization. Balaban left last night for 



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Snow White 

. . . brilliant success 

(Continued from Page 1) 

to its magnificent marshalling of enter- 
tainment qualities or to the impetus it 
must give film theater attendance. There 
is, importantly, its certain effect as a 
spur upon studio experimentation. 

The financial rewards the creative 
genius manifested in "Snow White" will 
bring cannot but inspire other producers 
to venture into unexplored fields; such, at 
least, has been past industry experience. 

So put this down for the record, too: 

La Varre "Pirating" Suit 

Tossed Out by Justice 

Justice Leary of New York Su- 
preme Court yesterday dismissed 
suit of William La Varre alleging 
that Warner Bros, had pirated two 
of his stories in making "Bedside" 
and "Gambling Lady." 

Judge Leary threw case out of 
court previous to jury decision on 
ground that there existed no com- 
parison between stories. 

Stanleigh P. Friedman, of defense 
counsel, declared that decision had 
far-reaching importance in that "It 
disposes of synthetic claims of al- 
leged piracy in use to which all pic- 
ture companies are from time to 
time subjected and should be a warn- 
ing that the courts are alert to pro- 
tect picture companies against un- 
justified claims." 

Cresson E. Smith Begins 
"Depinet Drive" Talk Tour 

St. Louis- — Cresson E. Smith, RKO 
Radio western and southern sales 
manager, is slated to address local 
office staff today in connection with 
"Ned Depinet Drive." Smith's itin 
erary on this trip follows: Chicago, 
tomorrow; Milwaukee and St. Paul, 
Jan. 17; Des Moines and Omaha, 
Jan. 18: Kansas City. Jan. 19: Okla- 
homa City, Jan. 20: Denver, Jan. 21 
From Denver Smith returns to Chi- 
cago for the Drive's official open 
ins- on the 29th. 

Kassler Quits Pax; Name 

His Successor Tomorrow 

Frank Kassler, secretary of Pax 
Films Inc., resigned from the com 
nanv yesterday, it was announced 
bv E. I. Lopert, president. A suc- 
cessor to Kassler will be elected at 
a meetine of the board of directors 
to be held tomorrow. 

"Goldwvn Follies" Gets 

Miami Ooeninsf Jan. 28 

Prprnierp of "Goldwvn Follies" 
will be held at the State Theater. 
Miami. Fla.. Jan. 28. it was reported 
vpslerdav bv United Artists. The 
Miami opening: will be followed by 
two others in Florida on Feb. 6 in 
Palm Beach and Daytona. 

John H. Mannix Rites 

at Fort Lee Tomorrow 

Funeral services for John H. Man- 
nix, father of Ed J. Mannix, general 
manager of the M-G-M studios, will 
be held tomorrow at the Madonna 
Church, Fort Lee. Mannix, who was 
87 years old, died of a heart attack 
Wednesday. The funeral will be 

Ed Mannix flew here from the 
Coast yesterday upon word that his 
father was ill. He was accompanied 
by Howard Strickling, studio pub- 
licity director. 

Surviving are, in addition to his 
son, his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Man- 
nix and a granddaughter, Mrs. W. 
S. Van Dyke, II. 

Move to Halt Enforcement 
of N. D. Divorce Law Near 

Fargo, N. D. — On application of 
Minneapolis Amusement Co., Para- 
amount and others, hearings aimed 
to prevent enforcement of North 
Dakota theater divorce measure are 
expected to take place late this 
month at Bismarck. Plaintiffs argue 
that law is unconstitutional. Law 
goes on books Mar. 15. 

Report Cagney and GN 

Have Terminated Contract 

West Cnast Bureau nf THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — It is authoritatively 
reported that James Cagney and 
Grand National have terminated their 
relations and that Cagney will not 
have to make one more picture for 
Grand National. It is understood 
Grand National will not be reauired 
to nav Cagney any part of the $150,- 
000 he was to have received for his 
final picture. 

Yates Will Attend ReD. 

Chicago Franchise Meeting 

Herbert J. Yatps left vesterday 
bv train to attend meeting of Re- 
public franchise holders in Chica- 
go. He is exrjected +o leave Chi- 
cago tomorrow for Coast confer- 
ences with Coast sales and produc- 
tion officials. 

B-K Denies Deal to Lease 
Loop Theater to Shuberts 

Chicago — John Balaban vesterdav 
denied reports that B & K would 
lease any of its loop theaters to the 

"Snow White" Bisf in Miami 

Miami Beach, Fla. — "Snow White 
and the Seven Dwarfs" opened to 
smash biz at the Sheridan Theater 
here last night. Opening: night crowds 
at Miami Beach were diverted by the 
seven drawfs in "Snow White" cos- 
tumes who had entertained Holly- 
wood during the world premiere at 
the Carthay Circle Theater, and who 
planed to Miami Beach for the event. 

comino odd Gome 

BARNEY BALABAN, president of Paramount, 
left for Chicago last night, and will return here 
on Monday. 

EDWARD J. MANNIX, general manager of 
M-G-M studios, and HOWARD STRICIMMG. 

studio publicity chief, arrived from 
yesterday by plane. ^^^ 

JACK SKIRBALL, general sales manager of 
Educational, is in Cleveland. 

IRVING ASHER, production chief of Warners' 
English studios, arrives in New York today 
on the Century and sails tomorrow on the lie 
de France. 

CECIL B. DeMILLE, Paramount director, ac- 
companied by WILLIAM B. PINE, associate 
producer, GLADYS ROSEN, executive secretary 
GRAHAME, arrived in New York last night from 
Atlanta. The executives and players have 
been at previews of Mr. DeMi lie's latest 
picture, "The Buccaneer." 

BERNARD HYMAN, M-G-M producer, MRS. 
HYMAN, and ROY MEYERS will arrive here 
next week on the Berengaria after a Euro- 
pean vacation. 

D. H. KIRK, general manager of Chicago 
office of General Register Corp., is in New 
York. He will return to Chicago next week. 

CEORGE CARR1NCTON, vice-president of 
Altec Service Corporation, left yesterday for 
an extended trip through the middle west. 

HAROLD HURLEY, Paramount producer, 
leaves the Coast today for a New York trip. 

HERBERT J. YATES left for Chicago yes- 
terday. He leaves there tomorrow for Holly- 

CHARLES E. FORD, who resigned yesterday 
as Universal Newsreel head, leaves New York 
tomorrow for a Florida vacation. 

vice-president in charge of production, has 
returned from Callander, Ontario. 

C. C. PETTiJOHN, MPPDA general coun- 
sel, returns to New York today from Wash- 

J. M. SOULAND, of Cosmograph Pictures, 
leaves Hollywood tomorrow for New York. He 
returns to the Coast Feb. 10. 

EDWARD G. ROBINSON, accompanied by 
his wife and their son, arrives in New York 
today on the Century. 

DONALD OGDEN STEWART, noted writer, 
and his wife, arrived in New York yesterday 
from the Coast. 

RICHARD BARTHELMESS and his wife are 
staying in New York. 

TOBY WING is staying at the Warwick. 

ELEANOR POWELL is staying at the Wal- 

EDWARD ROSENBAUM, of Boston, Colum- 
bia Pictures exploitation man, is stopping in 
New York before he goes on to Philadelphia. 

KATHARINE HEPBURN is on her way to 
New York. 

ALAN MOWBRAY leaves for New York to- 

OTTO HARBACH, has returned to the Coast 
after a New York stay. 

MAY ROBSON has returned to the Coast. 

1935 by Meridian Pictures Corp. 


At Sensationally Reduced Prices 
Openings for Distributors 


RKO Bldg. 
1270 Sixth Ave. New York City 


BACK TO BURBANK comes Jimmy Cagney for 
starole in film version of the Broadway smash, 
'Boy Meets Girl', thus bringing studio's long 
search for the perfect lead to a happy conclusion. 

AN EYEFUL OF CAROLE LOMBARD seems to have upset "King" Fernand Gravet 
(above) during a sit-out session on closing scenes of their 'Food For Scandal' 
[tent, title), which this week entered Warner editing rooms along with Techni- 
color 'Robin Hood',Mauch Twins' 'Penrod's Double Trouble', 'Men Are Such Fools'. 

'LANE IS SCHOEN', SAYS WAYNE, and the feeling's mutual, according to coast 
rumors that insist 'Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen', featured song of 'Love, Honor and 
Behave', is also theme of the Wayne Morris-Priscilla Lane real-life romance.* 

*A Warner Bros. Picture °A First National Picture Vitagraph, Inc., Distributors 

m m 


Friday, Jan. 14, 1938 

STANLEY $2,230,902 
NET: GAIN OF $777,382 

(Continued from Page 1) 

year ending- Aug. 28 amounted to 
$435,100. The net income for the 
year before taxes and other charges 
were deducted was $6,230,161.09. 

Dividend declared and paid dur- 
ing the year came to $2,714,539.50. 

Stanley Co. is controlled by War- 
ner Bros., which owns a 99 p.c. in- 

Fox Midwest Deals to Take 
Indie Houses Said Pending 

(Continued from Page 1) 

territory, Elmer Rhoden, division 
manager for the circuit, said yes- 
terday in New York. He did not 
name the theaters. 

Theater business in the Kansas 
City area, he said, was decidedly off. 
Labor unrest has had a bad effect on 
theater attendance and independent 
operators are complaining bitterly, 
Rhoden declared. Farm crops in 
Kansas, he added, were not good 
which has been a blow to exhibitors 
of the state whose business depends 
largely on agricultural conditions. 

Rhoden plans to return to Kansas 
City, his headquarters, tonight. 

Morris, Asher and Sloan 

Due from Coast Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Einfeld, director of publicity and 
advertising, is due from the Coast 
on Jan- 20. 

Asher, Sloan and Gravet will sail 
shortly for England. Gravet is be- 
ing given a "bon voyage" party 
this afternoon at "21." 

Northwest Allied Plans 

Film Rental Cut Action 

Minneapolis — Vigorous action for 
film rental reduction is planned by 
Norwest Allied leaders when they 
meet at convention here from Jan. 
31 to Feb. 2. 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 

the following on their birthday: 


Maj. Edward Bowes 

Bebe Daniels 

Clara Beranger 

Edward P. Curtis 

Hendrik Willem Van Loon 


with PMLM. DALY 

• • • IF YOUR theater caters to a grown-up audience to 

intelligent folks who are sophisticated as well as "nice people" 

you can give them a treat of their lives by booking Alexander Korda's 

"The Divorce of Lady X" when we tell you that it is based on 

a play by that brilliant and witty Continental playwright, Lajos Biro, 

with the screen play by our own Robert Sherwood then you know 

what Korda can do with this combination as he builds a perfect cast 
around it which he did 

T ▼ T 

• • • SPARKLING that is the only word that ade- 
quately conveys the delightful verve and bubbling charm of 

this drawing-room comedy a delicious situation built on a 

misunderstanding that leads Laurence Olivier to believe that 
Merle Oberon is the wife of a client who is seeking a divorce 
from the lady whom Olivier adores 

T ▼ T 

• • • DIALOGUE that crackles with facile wit and brings gusts 
of laughter through scene after scene played delightfully by a perfect 

cast and that gorgeous characterization of the befuddled Lord 

Mere, husband of the lady who might or might not have been cheat- 
ing on him, contributed by Ralph Richardson there, my friends, 

is A Characterization and nothing but the warmest praise for the 

Technicolor treatment you haven't seen Color till you see those 

gentry riding to hounds over the beautiful English landscape 

T T ▼ 

• • • POPULARITY Poll on the band contest at the Broad- 
way Paramount will close on Jan. 23 the winners will be 

announced the following week the current ten leaders in 

the patron vote are Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Shep 
Fields, Tommy Dorsey, Eddy Duchin, Horace Heidt, Hal Kemp, 
Glen Gray, Fred Waring and Sammy Kaye 

T T T 

• • • THEATER PARTY held by a group of leading illus- 
trators as a tribute to Walt Disney at the premiere of "Snow 

White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the Music Hall last nite the 

artists present were Denys Wortman, Wallace Morgan, Frank Godwin, 
Dean Cornwall, Otto Soglow, Will B. Johnstone, James Montgomery 
Flagg, Ham Fisher, Robert Foster, Tony Sarg, Abner Dean 

T ▼ T 

• • • GRACIOUS LADY Ethel Merman arrived at 

the AMPA luncheon and there was no accompanist for her sing- 
ing she spent a long time on the phone digging one up 

how many artists of her standing would have obliged an audi- 
ence with a strange accompanist?. . . • The waiter at our table 

sat down beside us blissfully to listen to Miss Merman we 

charged him two bits, and the surprised gent gave it to us when 

we held out our hand first time in our life we ever got 

the loot back from a waiter 

T ▼ T 

• • • ANNIVERSARY "Daddy" Roth of the Kedzie Avenue 

Theater in Chicago is celebrating his 30th year in the biz. . . • James 
Smith, head of Cine Laboratories, is announcing THE Smith to an 
admiring world, the male youngster having arrived to the missus at 
St. Ann's Hospital yesterday 

« « « 

» » » 

"ITS" $500,000 YIELD 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of February, grosses are expected to 
maintain the incline by company of- 
ficials. Field trip are planned by 
William A. Scully, general safes 
manager, to carry the new spii^^lo 
all exchanges. Following a quick 
week-end visit to Albany and Buf- 
falo, swing around all offices will 
acquaint Scully with entire sales 

Tension which exists in interna- 
tional affairs is certainly not being 
reflected in motion picture grosses, 
at least not as far as Universal is 
concerned, J. H. Seidelman, newly 
appointed general manager of for- 
eign activities for Universal said 
yesterday. Seidelman pointed out 
that "100 Men And a Girl" is setting 
an all-time record for the Japanese 
empire. Booked into the Hibiya The- 
ater in Tokio as a roadshow attrac- 
tion for a two week engagement, the 
gross for the first week topped all 
Japanese records. Continuing record 
grosses have compelled the theater 
to hold it three additional weeks, an 
unheard of roadshow for Nipponese 


"100 Men And a Girl" had its Ar- 
gentine premiere in Rio de Janeiro 
on Wednesday, at the new Cinema 
Sao Luiz. Despite unusual seasonal 
heat, business was reported as "tre- 

Another successful "U" foreign 
engagement was that of "The Road 
Back", which opened last Saturday 
at the Max Linden Theater in Pa- 
ris. Seidelman said the pix reached 
the house's maximum biz. 

Only Two Pix "Pinked" 

Chicago — Lieut. Frank Costello, 
chief of the Chicago Film Censor 
Board, reports only two films were 
"pinked" during 1937. 


Mrs. Emma Upton 
Chicago — Mrs. Emma Upton, 
mother of Elmer C Upton, comp- 
troller for B & K, and Albert E. 
Upton of Denver, died at her home 
in St. Louis yesterday. 

Goesta Ekman 
Stockholm (By Cable) — Goesta 
Ekman, 48, Swedish actor who ap- 
peared with Greta Garbo before she 
started her Hollywood career, is 
dead here. A Continental film star 
and player of Shakespearean roles, 
Ekman had refused offers to ap- 
pear in pictures in the United 

Ralph Dowling 
Ralph Dowling, of Woodside, L. 
I., former assistant manager of 
RKO Palace and Hippodrome The- 
aters, was killed yesterday in a New 
Jersey automobile accident. Dowling 
is survived by his wife, Margaret. 


Friday, Jan. 14, 1938 





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Cohen taking an active part in RKO 
production is expected in the immed- 
iate future. 

It is understood that Ben Piazza, 
vicC— jrexy of Major Pictures, has 
been made an offer to return to M- 
G-M, his affiliate before he joined 
the Cohen organization. 

Major had delivered nine of the 
24 pictures called for in the Para, 
contract and had announced five 
more to go into production shortly. 
Cohen is reported to have paid $100,- 
000 to 11 persons he had under per- 
sonal contract. 

RKO Execs' Names Given 
Months in Depinet Drive 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of five months of foreign division's 
part in company's "Ned Depinet 
Sales and Billings Drive" ending 
May 14. Remaining month is to be 
called Home Office Foreign Dept. 

With end of first week of the for- 
eign drive, China surprised by tak- 
ing the lead followed by Chile, Pan- 
ama. Argentina, Philippines, Mex- 
ico, United Kingdom, Switzerland, 
Dutch East Indies and Cuba. 

Ben Y. Cammack, RKO Radio gen- 
eral manager for Latin America, 
said yesterday he planned to direct 
foreign drive from New York head- 
quarters with a swing through South 
and Central America, Cuba and Mex- 
ico slated for March. Peru office, 
opening Mar. 1, gets away to late 


A Film Daily Gallery of Men Whose Activities 
Provided Industry Headlines 



Dallas Anti-Trust Counsel 
Here For Appeal Conference 

(Continued from Page 1) 

fendants. The distributors on Dec. 
10 filed notice of appeal from the 
decision which found them guilty of 
conspiracy in attempting to regulate 
subsequent run admission prices. 

Hearing on the appeal is slated 
tentatively for March in the U. S. 
Supreme Court. 

Selznick Offices Open 

Opening of New York offices at 
630 Fifth Ave. was announced yes- 
terday by Myron Selznick, Ltd. 
Dan Winkler, Herman Bernie and 
Jack Chaqueneau will make their 
headquarters at agency. 

Kerasotes In Omarga 

Chicago — The Kerasotes circuit 
has taken over the Modernistic The- 
ater at Omarga. George Kerasotes 
will have charge of the house. 

Buying Supply Co.? 

Dallas — Purchase of Texas Theater 
Supply Co. is reported about to be 
consummated by Interstate Circuit, 
Robb and Rowley and Jefferson Amuse- 
ment Co. 

In this corner, 
we have no 
less a person- 
age than Para- 
mount's execu- 
tive committee 
chairman who 
knows his film 
business and 
t h e banking 
business from 
A to Z. That 
he is devious- 
ly interested in 
his company's 

affairs can be gleaned through the semi- 
monthly reports of security transactions 
and holdings of the SEC. Participated in 
important Coast studio conferences which 
charted company policy. Late in Decem- 
ber, was appointed a director of the 
National Foundation for Infantile Paraly- 
sis. Continued activity as a Cornell U. 


When Samuel 
J. Briskin as- 
s u m e d the 
vice - presiden- 
cy in charge 
o f production 
for RKO Radio 
some two 
years ago, he 
brought the 
energetic and 
young Mr. 
Lusty right 
along with 
him. Early in 
November, last, when word flashed out of 
Hollywood, that Sam Briskin had resigned, 
folks 'round and about the industry 
watched to see the status quo of this 
Lusty fellow. They were not long wait- 
ing, for the shrewd RKO Radio solons 
stepped right up with the announcement 
that Lou was continuing in the organi- 

Following his 
resignation as 
president of 
First Division 
Exchanges and 
vice - president 
of March of 
Time Distribu- 
tors, Inc., i -a 
193P this pro- 
gressive exec- 
utive f o r m ed 
Mutual Motion 
Picture Distrib- 
utors, Inc., with 

offices in Radio City, and 1937 was the 
first complete calendar year for the en- 
terprise which has proved singularly 
successful. His idea of handling a lim- 
ited number of features carefully se- 
lected from the world market and re- 
leased direct to circuits demonstrated 
that strategy and experience have their 
rewards. One of the plums he handled 
out to theaters and public was the re- 
nowned film, "Cloistered," which won 
national acclaim. 


On the night 
of March 4, 
19 3 7, Holly- 
wood was the 
scene of the 
conferring of 
the Academy 
of Motion Pic- 
ture Arts and 
Science s 
awards for 
1936. It occa- 
sioned no sur- 
prise -whatever 
that The March 

of Time was recipient of one of the famed 
statuettes, — the symbol of cinematic glory. 
One of the main reasons for M of T grab- 
bing an "Oscar" was Louis De Roche- 
mont. the organization's vice-president 
and production manager, whose skill was 
reflected in each and every celluloid is- 
sue. In the autumn up jumped the reels 
dealing with New York's Mayor La 
Guardia. — another striking de Roche- 
mont creation. 

West's Mono Interest 

George West, New York distrib- 
utor of Screeno, has acquired a 
partial interest in Monogram ex- 
changes in Cincinnati, St. Louis, 
and Kansas City. He will not take 
an active part in the operation of 
any of these branches due to his 
Screeno affiliation. 

Warners Set Two Pix 

Warners have set the re-issue of 
"Bordertown" for the Criterion Jan. 
21 and "She Loved a Fireman" for 
the Rialto the same day. 

Paine Aids Polio Drive 

John G. Paine, general manager 
of Ascap, will organize the music 
trades in the New York City Fight- 
Infantile-Paralysis Campaign which 
opens Monday. Paine has accepted 
the chairmanship of this group 
under John S. Burke, chairman of 
the Trades and Industry Committee. 


B & K Tries Basketball 

Chicago — B & K are trying out 
basketball games as a stage attrac- 
tion with film bills at the Norshore 
and the Regal theaters. 

London (By Cable) — An investi- 
gating committee of holders of com- 
mon stock of Union Cinemas has 
been appointed to make an analysis 
of the auditors' report on the finan- 
cial status of the company which 
the board, headed by John Maxwell, 
refused to adopt at its recent first 
annual meeting. Board meeting was 
adjourned to sometime in March 
when the committee is expected to 
report. Sir Thomas Poison and D. 
I. Sandelson, were named on the 
committee and will soon meet with 
Maxwell to consider the status of 
the company. 

The auditors' report, which failed 
of adoption, gave the figure of 3,- 
856,564 pounds, representing free- 
holds and leasehold properties, etc., 
and was arrived at, Maxwell stated 
at the meeting, by adding to the 
values of the three merged compa- 
nies a writeup of approximately 2,- 
000,000 pounds which was added to 
the freehold properties. 

Maxwell stated that this stock in- 
flation of 2,000,000 pounds last De- 
cember was entirely unjustified 
"either on capital values or earning 

He further stated that the com- 
pany had stopped all building of new 
theaters except for nine that are in 
course of construction, and intimated 
that a capital reconstruction scheme 
appeared inevitable. Until this had 
been carried through, he continued, 
the question of dividends would not 
be considered. 

Further comment by Maxwell was 
to the effect that on taking control 
of the merged companies, the board 
found much to be desired in the man- 
agement, that assets had been trans- 
ferred to or from the several com- 
panies to the profit of individuals at 
the expense of the company. 

"The management of the com- 
pany's kinemas," he said, "has been 
taken over by Associated British 
Cinemas, Ltd., thereby giving Union 
Cinemas, Ltd., the benefit of a large 
and skilled organization with an un- 
equalled record for efficient and eco- 
nomical management." He expressed 
confidence that the business of the 
company would be increased and 
costs diminished in 1938 under the 
new arrangement. 

"Monastery" Booked a Sixth 

"Monastery," released by World 
Pictures, has been booked for a 
sixth week at the Fine Arts Thea- 
ter, Boston. The film will have its 
New York premiere during the 
coming month. 

18 make Ad Films 

Chicago — Checkup shows 18 firms 
now engaged in producing advertising 
films in this territory. This is an in- 
crease of 25 per cent in a year. 


Friday, Jan. 14, 1938 


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was entirely amicable, and that it 
was actuated by Ford's long-cher- 
ished plan to engage in production. 
Disclosure of their scope will come 
later, it was said. 

Ford sails tomorrow on the Shaw- 
nee for a Miami vacation. 

A "Mm" (torn "£ois 



Musart To Start First 

Pix In Jersey In Feb. 

Production will begin in Febru- 
ary on the first of two features 
planned by Musart Film Corp. at 
the Producers' Service Studios in 
New Jersey. It will be a musical 
romance based on the life of the 
famous Russian composer, Tchai- 
kowsky, and will feature a 120- 
piece symphonic orchestra in addi- 
tion to a Russian Ballet. The sec- 
ond feature will be a musical titled 
"The Last Century." Michael J. 
Gann and R. E. Von Allen will di- 

"Mayerling" Playing Five 

Theaters In Philadelphia 

"Mayerling," French pix being 
distributed by Pax Films, Inc-, is 
playing five Philadelphia houses 
simultaneously this week, the Band 
Box, the Commodore, Fernrock, 
Iris and the Ardmore. Openings 
were also held this week in Wil- 
mington, Cleveland, Denver, Los 
Angeles, San Francisco, Portland 
and Hollywood. Meanwhile, the pix 
is entering its fifth month at the 
Filmarte in New York. 

Meriden House Reopening 

Meriden, Conn. — Loew's will re- 
open the recently-closed Poli Thea- 
ter tomorrow for a first-run week- 
end operation only, with Joseph 
Samartaro, manager of the Palace, 


Detroit — Ted London, son of Wil- 
liam A. London, is seriously ill with 
pneumonia in Florida. London, Sr., 
Detroit circuit owner, has left to 
join his son. 

Detroit — Mrs. Frank A. Wetsman, 
wife of the Detroit circuit opera- 
tor, is recovering from an opera- 
tion in St. Mary's Hospital, Roch- 
ester, Minn. 

Chick Lewis, trade paper pub- 
lisher, has been confined to his 
home for the last few days because 
of a cold. 

Jake Wilk, Warner Bros, story 
editor, is recovering from a dislo- 
cated shoulder caused by a fall on 
an icy sidewalk. 


Sol Lesser Buys 4 Songs 

gOL LESSER of Principal Pic- 
tures has purchased four songs, 
they are "A Cowboy's Life" and 
"Broncho Busting Buckaroo," writ- 
ten by Eddie Cherkose and Charles 
Rosoff, "Drifting" and "When a 
Cowboy Goes to Town," by Albert 
Von Tilzer and Harry MacPherson. 
"A Cowboy's Life" and "When a 
Cowboy Goes to Town" will be 
used in the next Smith Ballew-Lou 
Gehrig picture, "Rawhide," which 
goes into production Jan. 12 on lo- 
cation at Kernville. Irene Schreck 
will be unit manager, V. 0. Smith 
will be assistant director, Michael 
Breen, musical director, and Ray 
Taylor as director. 

T T T 

Ahearn-Grant Assigned 

Thomas Ahearn and Morton 
Grant have been assigned to a story 
to be titled "Fingerprints" at War- 

ner Bros. It has to do with the ac- 
tivities of the Bureau of Identifi- 
cation in the Department of Jus- 
tice- Ahearn and Grant recently 
completed the screenplay of their 
original, "College Band." 

T T T 

Cooper Contract Up for OK 

Courts are to decide on Jackie 
Cooper's two-picture contract with 
Monogram, on Jan. 20. 

T T T 

Para. Signs Hathaway 

Henry Hathaway has signed new 
Paramount term contract as direc- 

T T ▼ 

Alan Hale in "Kidnapped" 

Alan Hale has been added to the 
featured cast of Robert Louis 
Stevenson's "Kidnapped," which 
20th Century-Fox is producing with 
Warner; Baxter, Arlene Whelan 
and Freddie Bartholomew in lead- 
ing roles. 

Souland's Cosmograph Co. 

Plans 6 Roadshow Pix 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — J. M. Souland, who 
severed his relations with Archland 
Productions, Inc., an eastern or- 
ganization, has scheduled six road- 
show features for production on the 
West Coast. Souland recently ar- 
rived here and formed the Cosmo- 
graph Pictures Corp. and will 
produce as the first picture, "The 
Singing Warrior," by George Rose- 
ner. The screenplay is written by 
Charles P. Higgins and Zelma Car- 
roll. In addition the company will 
produce "Daughter of India," by 
P. Shannon and "Maids of the South 
Seas," by Zelma Carroll, and three 
more stories to be selected. 

Abe Fishman Delegated 

to Attend Allied Meet 

New Haven, Conn. — Abe Fishman 
of Fishman Theaters will represent 
the Allied Theater of Connecticut 
at the National Allied board meet- 
ing on Jan. 18-19 in Washington. 
Fishman replaces his brother, J. B. 
Fishman, regular member of the 
board, who is unable to be in at- 

Connecticut MPTO will meet next 
Tuesday at a luncheon-meeting at 
the Hof Brau Haus, with Irving C. 
Jacocks, Jr., presiding- Members 
will discuss the proposed meeting 
in New York MPTOA, ITOA, and 
Allied States. 

Contract Parley Sunday 

New Haven, Conn. — Motion Pic- 
ture Operators will meet with heads 
of "B" and "C" houses in the New 
Haven area, including Derby and 
Ansonia, for what is hoped will be 
the final meeting on the new con- 
tracts on Sunday. 

Nazi Pressure Barring 

Pictures in Venezuela 

Caracas, Venezuela (By Cable) — 
German Minister here is making 
strenuous efforts to keep films 
deemed offensive to the Nazis in 
any way from Venezuelan screens. 

French production, "Martha Rich- 
ard," was ordered withdrawn one 
day before its scheduled engage- 
ment at the Continental Theater al- 
though it had been passed by the 
local censor. Nazi protests also 
are credited with keeping 20th- 
Fox's "Lancer Spy" from release 


(Continued from Page 1) 

ing an extensive conference with 
Assistant Attorney General Robert 
Jackson, Administration's star trust- 

Boren, latest of movie-mindeMpn- 
gressmen to seek Justice Department 
advice, said that departmental legal 
lights are now considering employ- 
ing the injunction method to force 
producers to drop their houses. 

Added indication of the closeness 
with which Justice Department and 
Capitol Hill are prepared to work on 
pictures was seen here with admis- 
sion from the Attorney General's 
office that the Department is "still 
working" on the idea of submitting 
to Congress a special "monopoly re- 
port" featuring pictures, etc. 

GB Passes Minimum 12; 

Several More Indicated 

Michigan Allied Holds 

Lansing Meeting Today 

Lansing, Mich. — Allied Theaters 
of Michigan is holding a regional 
meeting here today. Program in- 
cludes a dinner. Invitations were 
sent to non-member theaters as 
well as members, in accord with the 
promotion program recently devised 
by President Ray Branch. Interest 
is centered in proposed state legis- 
lation as the state admission tax. 

Bader Coming on Deals 

London (By Cable) — David A. 
Bader, head of the agency bearing 
his name, plans to leave soon for 
Hollywood for conclusion of sev- 
eral player and story deals. Bader 
and Denys N. Watney, associated 
with him in the agency and as a 
director of Everest Pictures, Ltd., 
recently reported sale of "Jour- 
ney's End" to M-G-M for early pro- 
duction in England or U. S. Alli- 
ance with Orsatti Agency in Holly- 
wood, Bader declared, has resulted 
in one of most active years of his 

Indications that Gaumont British 
would exceed by several features the 
minimum 12 announced for current 
season yesterday accompanied re- 
port that thirteenth, "Such an En- 
mity," will be filmed by Gains- 
borough for GB release. 

Gaumont, which has already set 
on release schedule three — "Non- 
Stop New York," "The Girl Was 
Young" and "Wife of General Ling" 
— has two others in cutting-room. 
They are: "Sailing Along," Jessie 
Matthews musical, and "Illegal 
Holiday," featuring John Lodge, 
Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Williams 
and Rene Ray. 

Second Jessie Matthews musical 
of season, "Asking for Trouble" is 
in final script form. Lesser Sam- 
uels, who wrote latter is at present 
working on third Matthews. Second 
Alfred Hitchcock production, ten- 
tatively titled "False Witness," is 
scheduled to go before cameras with- 
in a week. In casting stage is 
"Strange Boarders" from novel of 
similar title by E. Phillips Oppen- 
beim. Screen adaptations of "The 
Blue Lagoon," Sir Walter Scott's 
"Rob Roy" and "The Wheel Spins" 
are being readied for Gainsborough 
m-oduction and GB release. 

Col. Declares Dividend 

Columbia Pictures announced yes- 
terday that the Board of Directors, 
at its meeting Wednesday, declared 
a quarterly dividend of $.68% per 
share on the $2.75 Convertible Pre- 
ferred stock of the Company, pay- 
able Feb. 15, to stockholders of rec- 
ord Feb. 1. 


Indianapolis — Larry Glynn, Para- 
mount booker, was married Jan. 8 
to Phyllis Flanagan, Detroit, Mich. 



Winners of the 1934 Academy Award 
for their performances in 



(Winner of 1934 Academy Award for Outstanding Production) 


Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert walk in with 
a swell batch of entertainment that ought to go 
big any place". 

FEBRUARY 23, 1934. 



// • 


Annually I look for the arrival of the Year Book 
and perennially I look to it as a ready source of 
unfailing information". 

MARCH 27, 1934. 


The Standard Reference Book of the Motion Picture Industry 
Bigger and Better Than Ever Now in Preparation 





Friday, Jan. 14, 1938 

:< :< Reviews of thc new fums :< :< 

"The Divorce of 
Lady X" 

with Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, 

Ralph Richardson 

United Artists 90 Mins. 


This is a major achievement for Alex- 
ander Korda that will rank with the best 
work he has done. Several important fac- 
tors were expertly moulded together to 
produce as brilliant and sparkling a light 
comedy as can be recalled on stage or 
screen. These include a screen play by 
Robert Sherwood, adapting the play, 
"Counsel's Opinion," by Lajos Biro. Korda 
gave it that smart production treatment 
for which he is noted, more particularly 
a perfect cast that played every scene to 
the hilt. Merle Oberon has never ap- 
peared more enchanting, and certainly 
has never given a performance that rang 
such deft changes in a single character- 
ization. Laurence Olivier is a constant 
delight as the young barrister driven fran- 
tic by this strange charmer who catapults 
herself into his orderly existence and has 
him running around in dizzy circles. Then 
we come to Ralph Richardson, the titled 
Lord Mere who has his doubts about the 
integrity of his wife when she stays out 
all night and gives the heavy fog as an 
excuse. Lord Mere places the case in 
the hands of Olivier to sue for a divorce. 
Olivier is sure the wife is the lady who 
has jimmied her way into his suite at the 
hotel the night of the fog, and thus is 
placed in the position of being the co- 
respondent in the case of his client. Merle 
Oberon is the minx who lets him think 
she is Lady Mere, and almost drives him 
out of his wits, until all matters are 
straightened out in the finale. Ralph Richard- 
son's performance is one of the finest 
comedy contributions we can recall. He 
scored laugh after laugh in a cold projec- 
tion room showing. The Technicolor work 
is excellent, with one sequence of a fox 
hunt standing out among many fine scenes. 
Binnie Barnes is perfect as Lady Mere 
whose befuddled husband is in a dither all 
the time, wondering whether she is true 
to him or not. Direction of Tim Whelan 
is of the first order, and he has paced the 
production with a fine tempo. 

CAST: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, 
Binnie Barnes, Ralph Richardson, Morton 
Selten, J. H. Roberts, Gertrude Musgrove, 
Gus McNaughton. 

CREDITS: Producer, Alexander Korda; 
Director, Tim Whelan; Author, Lajos Biro; 
Screenplay, Robert Sherwood, Lajos Biro, 
Ian Dalrymple; Editor, L. Stockviss; Cam- 
eraman, J. Hildyard. 

PHY, Excellent. 

Skirball Akron House 

Will Make Debut Today 

Akron — The 700-seat Forum, con- 
structed by W. N. Skirball of Cleve- 
land and associates, is scheduled to 
open formally today. Jack Fairman, 
assistant manager at the Rivoli, 
Toledo, will be house manager. The 
theater will play a straight picture 

"She's Got Everything" 

with Ann Sothern, Gene Raymond, 

Victor Moore, Helen Broderick 

RKO 72 Mins. 




The fans who enjoy the highly decora- 
tive Miss Sothern and the blond Mr. 
Raymond as a romantic team, with the 
added attraction of Victor Moore and 
Helen Broderick indulging in comic antics, 
will be pleased with this new RKO pix. 
Miss Sothern sings one song pleasingly. 
Moore and Miss Broderick, with aid of 
Parkyakarkus, Solly Ward and several 
other comedians take care of the comedy 
situations and there is one particularly 
funny sequence when Ward, a magician 
and hypnotist, attempts to hypnotize Miss 
Sothern, but puts Miss Broderick in a 
trance instead. However, the best efforts 
of the cast fail to speed up the slow- 
paced story, and the dialogue as a whole 
is not very bright, with the comedy miss- 
ing fire in a lot of spots. The picture has 
been given a good production and the 
direction of Joseph Santley is O.K. The 
story offers little in the way of novelty 
and has no action to speak of, with the 
outcome of the pix obvious from the 
beginning. Miss Sothern discovers that 
her father, who has died, was heavily in 
debt. She wants to pay the bills and 
Moore, who is one of the creditors, gets 
the idea of marrying her off to some 
wealthy man. This plan meets with the 
approval of the other creditors and Moore 
gets her a job as Raymond's secretary. He 
is the owner of a huge coffee concern. 
With this plan unknown to her, Miss 
Sothern falls for Raymond and vice versa. 
He discovers the plan and jilts her. They 
make up and she jilts him, but he catches 
up with her and they are married in a 
truck on the way to the Queen Mary's 
dock through the streets of Los Angeles. 
Moore is accidentally married to Miss 
Broderick at the same time and every- 
body is happy. 

CAST: Ann Sothern, Gene Raymond, 
Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Parkya- 
karkus, Billy Gilbert, William Brisbane, 
Herbert Clifton, Alan Bruce, Solly Ward, 
Fred Santley, Richard Tucker, George Irv- 
ing, Jack Carson. 

CREDITS: Producer, Albert Lewis; Di- 
rector, Joseph Santley; Screenplay, Joseph 
Hoffman and Monroe Shaff from an orig- 
inal story by Harry Segall and M. Shane; 
Editor, Frederic Knudtson; Cameraman, 
Jack McKenzie. 


Capa Names Staff 

Chicago — Henry Markbreit of the 
Daily Times was elected president 
of Capa. Others honored were: 
Tony Owens, Daily News amuse- 
ment editor, named vice-president; 
Joe Berenson, National Theater 
Supply, secretary; Sam Schoen- 
stadt, Schoenstadt circuit, treasurer; 
Moe Wells, publicity director, and 
Sidney Stern, General Film Labora- 
tories, sergeant-at-arms. 

"The Girl Thief" 

with Marian Marsh, Anthony Bushell 
Times 65 Mins. 


Whenever the British studios try to 
do the bubbling light romantic themes 
in imitation of the Hollywood formula the 
result is usually less than sparkling. This 
one is no exception. The idea is there, 
all right, but it gets lost in unimaginative 
treatment and a heavy-handed style of 
developing scenes that must be played 
briskly and frothily to achieve the desired 
effect. Marian Marsh is shown to dis- 
advantage for the direction has her per- 
forming in a very woodeny manner. An- 
thony Bushell saves the film from total 
loss by his easy manner, and Claude Hul- 
bert is a good comedy foil for him. Both 
these players are far superior to the pro- 
duction. The plot concerns the love at 
first sight between the girl and Hulbert 
as they catch a glimpse of each other 
through the windows of two adjoining 
trains. Hulbert's song-writing pal, Bushell, 
is pressed into service to write a song 
and broadcast it in the hope of locating 
the fair charmer. She responds through 
the hints dropped in the song, and even- 
tually lands in the home of Hulbert, who 
is working on a patent match invention 
in his laboratory. Complications involving 
a lab accident that destroys her gown 
forces her to parade in pajamas while the 
bashful scientist runs out to buy a new 
dress. Bushell arrives to visit his friend, 
meets and falls in love with the girl. And 
so on through a maze of mechanical steps 
building up to the fact that Bushell is the 
gent she finds she really loves, while the 
inventor finds his happiness with his 
femme assistant. 

CAST: Marian Marsh, Anthony Bushell, 
Claude Hulbert, Ralph Ince, Joan Gardner, 
Stanley Holloway, Neil Kenyon, Vivian 

CREDITS: Director, Paul Merzbach; 
Author, same; Screenplay, Harold Simp- 
son, Frank Miller, Jack Davies; Editor, 
John Neill-Brown; Cameraman, Jack Cox, 
Philip Grindrod. 


Weekly Salaries Finding 

New Favor In Studios 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Weary of their frac- 
tional end of high salaries after 
Federal and State taxes have been 
generously sliced off at the top, 
stars, directors and writers are 
demonstrating willingness to ac- 
cept weekly stipends instead of 
bulk picture-by-picture payments, 
it is reported. 

Less than one-third of many 
large salaries revert to talent, the 
record shows, and talent points out 
that the marquee name of Uncle 
Sam never accounted for a theater 

* SHORTS ir 

Herman Timberg Jr. an^» 
Pat Rooney Jr. in fife 
"Dates and Nuts" W 
Educational 19 mins. 

Fash Campus Fun 
Fun at a dance at the co-ed col- 
lege which Herman and Pat attend, 
with Pat dressing as a girl to be- 
come Herman's partner, in an effort 
to avoid dancing with two homely 
freshmen who have been wished on 
them by the dean of women. Her- 
man has been counting on his girl 
to save him, but she is late in arriv- 
ing, so Pat goes into his femme dis- 
guise, and the riot begins. The boys 
all want to dance with the swell 
"gal" who can do such hot stepping. 
Then Herman's girl arrives, and he 
and Pat are on the spot. Herman 
can't explain his dancing compan- 
ion, and Pat can't explain why he 
doesn't want to stay in the same 
room with his pretty new roommate, 
Herman's girl. The fun gets very 
lively, with plenty of guffaws and 
fast action, before everything if 
satisfactorily explained. Timberg 
and Rooney do some nice footwork, 
and the reel is kept hopping with 
fast fun all the way. 

"Grey Owl's Little Brother" 

(Treasure Chest) 

Educational 10 mins. 

Wild Life Treat 

A very unique and entertaining 
film of wild life in the Canadian 
woods, with Grey Owl, the Indian 
naturalist, shown at his life-work of 
conserving the beaver and befriend- 
ing the shy little animals. He raises 
one after its mother is killed by 
trappers, and allows it to go back 
and live among its wild compan- 
ions. But whenever the Indian 
wants it, a call brings it scurrying 
to him. The little animal leads its 
friend back to the beaver dam, 
where the others are hard at work 
building their place for the winter. 

"Leon Navara and His Orchestra" 

(Melody Master) 

Vitaphone 10 mins. 

Amusing Band Reel 

Director Lloyd French skillfully 
pilots progress of this single-reeler 
whose novelty is derived from the 
story idea and the settings. Scenes 
are in Hades where Satan is wor- 
ried over the relatively low tempera- 
tures which begin to prevail there 
To correct this condition, the astute 
Mr. Satan imports Leon Navara and 
His Orchestra to put on some heat 
via their musical instruments. Na 
vara performs capably in his piano 
solos, as well as in those swing in- 
terludes with his boys. Ruth Brenl 
and Detmar Poppen are in the cast 
Honey and Weldon, a dance team, 
contribute a torrid specialty. Audi- 
ences will find the footage amusing 


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Independent in Thought 

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Vr^n73. NO. 12 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Now Nineteen Years Old 





Vincent and Wood May Make Admission Tax Arguments 


Dallas Trust Appeal Filed With U. S. Supreme Court 

>4\l PI \ 

A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 


I Capped fourth 
J year of serv- 
ice as Para- 
mount's vice- 
president in 
1 charge of its 
foreign depart- 
j ment by sail- 
m ing for Europe 
I the early part 
I of 1937 on his 
semi - annual 
I survey of or- 
g a n i z ation's 
setup abroad. 
After his return to local shore and a rel- 
atively brief stay at the home office. 
away he sailed again on Sept. 15 for 
London, where he conferred with 
Adolph Zukor on Paramount's British 
production plans. Returning, he avowed 
his company's prospect there and on 
the continent to be bright. 

• • LOUIS NIZER • • 

Linotype ma- 
chines in 1937 
r e p e a t e dly 
stamped out 
: the name of 
\ this 1 e g a I ist 
| de luxe, for 
I he tried and 
i a r g u e d im- 
\ portant film 
| cases in every 
[ court from the 
) U. S. District 
' tribunal to the 
nation's Su- 
preme Court at Washington, — cases 
which involved clients from coast to 
coast The law firm of Phillips and 
Nizer expanded further, moving into new 
offices occupying the entire 25th floor 
of the Paramount Building with an 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Distributors' Counsel Will 

Complete Papers in 

Washington Today 

Appeal papers in the Dallas anti- 
trust case were filed with the U. S. 
Supreme Court yesterday, George 
Wright, counsel for the distributor 
defendants, said yesterday in New 
York. Wright will go to Washing- 
ton today to complete the papers 
and will return to New York Tues- 

Wright yesterday conferred on 
the case with Judge Thomas D. 
Thacher, defense attorney, and with 
Louis Phillips of Paramount's legal 


Speaking at the complimentary 
luncheon tendered at the Waldorf- 
Astoria yesterday to Cecil B. De 
Mille by the Division of Film Study 
of Columbia University, Dr. Nich- 
olas Murray Butler paid tribute to 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Keys to Get "Snow White" 
First Week in February 

Key cities are to obtain showings 
of Walt Disney's "Snow White and 
the Seven Dwarfs" during first week 

(Continued on Page 2) 

French Fair Pix 

Paris (By Cable) — Henry Mercadier, 
in honor of the World's Fair to be held 
in New York City in 1939, will produce 
a spectacular cinema version of the 
lives of George Washington and the 
Marquis de Lafayette. Mercadier has 
himself prepared the scenario. Cost 
of the production is to be raised by 
public subscription, the publication 
Cine-France having opened its pages 
for this purpose. 


Belief that Pandro S. Berman and 
Lee Marcus will continue to share 
production helm at RKO Radio 
studios received added support in 
executive circles yesterday. 

Berman, with "A" product to di- 
rect and Marcus with "B" films to 
manage are to be supervised by 
occasional trips of Leo Spitz, RKO 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Rogers Week Plans Again 
Rest With Maj. Thompson 

Major L. E. Thompson, RKO ex- 
ecutive, was again selected as Chair- 
man to organize the annual Will 
Rogers National Theater Week, at 
a meeting at the Harvard Club at 
which Will H. Hays presided. The 
appointment was made following a 
vote of thanks to Major Thompson 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Increase in Exemption on Admission 
Taxes to he Asked by Industry Reps. 

Warners' British Plans 

Also Waiting on Quota 

Although Warner Bros, would not 
be affected as extensively as other 
companies by the proposed -British 
quota law, WB is holding up its 

(Continued on Page 2) 

Walter Vincent, of the MPTOA, 
and Pete Wood, of ITO of Ohio, are 
expected to be the principal speak- 
ers for the film industry at the tax 
hearings before the House Ways and 
Means Committee in Washington 
next week. Vincent told The Film 
Daily yesterday that he had been 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Educational President Said 

Giving Plan Serious 



FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
A deal whereby Educational would 
make new capital available to Grand 
National is understood to be pend- 
ing with all probability that it will 
be closed, it was learned from a 
reliable source yesterday. Although 
E. W. Hammons, president of Edu- 
cational, last night declined to make 
a statement on the report, it is un- 
derstood that he has discussed the 
matter with both Edward L. Alper- 

(Continued on Page 4) 


Allied's meeting in Washington 
next Tuesday and Wednesday will 
have the largest attendance in the 
history of the organization, accord- 
ing to information issued yesterday 
by Allied Theaters of New Jersey. 
Although the sessions originally 
were to include only the board of 
directors and executive committee, 

(Continued on Page 2) 

Republic Lets Eight Out 

in Concentration Plan 

Republic yesterday dismissed eight 
employes in the contract depart- 
ment as a result of plans for con- 
centration of the work in offices of 
each of five sales supervisors, it 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Ford Keeps Silent 

Reports, revived since denied by Her- 
bert J. Yates last month, that Charles 
E. Fcrd, resigned managing director of 
Universal Newsreel, would join Republic 
as a producer were neither denied nor 
affirmed by the newsreel executive yes- 
terday. In Chicago, however, Yates last 
night again denied that Republic was 
negotiating with Ford. 


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• • • COMPLIMENTARY luncheon to Cecil B. DeMille at the 
Waldorf-Astoria yesterday, tendered by the Division of Film Study of 

Columbia University in honor of the producer's historical film, 

"The Buccaneer" as indicative of the universal appeal of the 

motion picture or the tremendous acquaintance of Mister DeMille 

there were guests present representing Chautauqua Institute, Rus- 
sell Sage Foundation. Cities Service Corporation, Irving Trust Company, 
Christian Science Monitor, Junior League, Boy Scouts of America and 
American Radiator Corporation in addition to the trade press 

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• • • IF THESE testimonial dinners and anniversary lun- 
cheons keep up we're going into the catering business and 

make some real dough out of our wide acquaintance why 

not? Louis Sobol was testimonialed with soup to nuts at the 

Hotel Astor yesterday Bernie Brooks, new film buyer for 

Rosenblatt-Welt circuit, was given a dinner the other nite at the 
Edison by his former associates at Paramount exchange where 
he had been a salesman and booker for 10 years 

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• • • BON VOYAGE Party for Fernand Gravet was given by 
Warners at Club 21 last night in honor of his forthcoming picture, 'Tools 

ior Scandal", with Carole Lombard Gravet is preparing to sail 

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Keys to Get "Snow White" 
First Week in February 

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of February, officials of RKO Radio 
said yesterday. Technicolor prints 
are being rushed to meet contracts. 

Gluckman Drive Set 

The salesmen and home office staff 
of the Republic exchange in New 
York have designated the months 
of February, March and April for a 
Herman Gluckman 21st anniversary 
sales drive, to pay tribute to the 
president of the exchange. 

Allied Sees Record Meeting 
Attendance in Washington 

(Continued from Page 1) 

representatives from every unit in 
the U. S. are now expected to at- 
tend, with more reservations coming 
in daily, it was said. 

The large anticipated attendance 
is a surprise to Allied officials them- 
selves. The keen interest exhibited 
in the forthcoming meeting is taken 
to indicate that a number of vital 
issues are on the docket for consid- 
eration. Among them are radio 
competition, legislative problems, 
policies for the new year and elec- 
tion of officers, in addition to a num- 
ber of other topics that will be 
brought up individually by members. 
This year's convention city also is 
expected to be selected at the meet- 

Rube Jackter, Chairman 

Of Col. Drive on Today 

Rube Jackter, assistant general 
sales manager, has been named 
chairman of Columbia's "Montague 
Good-Will Campaign," company's 
annual sales and billings campaign 
which opens today and continues 
through May 15. Series of bonuses 
in connection with campaign are to 
be spread among employes in do- 
mestic distribution with exception 
of home office workers. Enthusiasm 
among sales heads and circuit and 
indie operators has resulted in flood 
of letters and telegrams to Jack 
Cohn and A. Montague. 

Warners' British Plans 

Also Wait on Quota 

(Continued from Page 1) 

British production plans until the 
new Films Bill finally is passed, 
Sam E. Morris, head of WB foreign 
affairs said yesterday upon his ar- 
rival from the Coast. Morris was 
accompanied by Irving Asher, in 
charge of British production, Fer- 
nand Gravet, contract player, and 
John Sloan, British studio manager. 

Asher, in confirming Morris' 
statement, said, in referring to the 
English situation, "We don't know 
what we're going to do until we 
know what they're going to do." 

Asher, Sloan and Gravet are 
scheduled to sail today for England 
on the He de France. Mrs. Asher, 
the former Laura La Plante, re- 
mained in Hollywood but will fol- 
low her husband to England in a 
few weeks. 

Grace Moore was also on the train. 

Roxy Sets "Happy Landing" 

"Happy Landing," new 20th-Fox 
film starring Sonja Henie, has been 
set to open here at the Roxy on Jan. 
21 it was announced yesterday. The 
star begins her New York skating 
engagement at the Garden two days 
later. An advance sale of $75,000 
has been announced by the Garden 
B. O. 

"Chi," First Road-Show Pix 

Honolulu — "In Old Chicago" will 
be first film ever road shown here, 
with opening date set for Jan. 21. 

comma mid come 

FRANCIS L. HARTLEY, 20th-Fox United King- 
dom manager, PH IJ. REISMAN, vice-president 
in charge of RKO Export Corp., IRVING ASHER, 
managing director of Warners English studios, 
JOHN SLOAN, Warners English studios produc- 
tion manager, EUGENE W. CASTLE, president of 
POREL, sail today on the lie de France. 

CLINTON M. WHITE, CB assistant general 
manager, arrived in Milwaukee yesterday on his 
tour of the midwestern exchanges. 

AL CROWN, Grand National Latin-American 
representative, has returned from a two-month 
trip to South America. 

WALTER J. HUTCHINSON, 20th-Fox general 
foreign manager, leaves today for Mexico City 
on the first lap of an extended Caribbean trip. 
HERBERT A. WHITE, of 20th-Fox foreign dept. 
also leaves for Mexico City today. 

CLAY V. HAKE, 20th-Fox assistant foreign 
manager, leaves today for Australia, with a short 
stop-over scheduled on the Coast. 

BEN COETZ, M-C-M studio production head 
in England, and JACK CHERTOK, head of M- 
C-M short subjects department on the Coast, 
arrive in New York Monday from the Coast. 

O. HENRY BRICGS, president of Pathe Film 
Corp., returns to New York Monday. 

SONJA HENIE, 20th-Fox star, has arrived 
in Cleveland to fullfill skating contracts there. 

ERROL FLYNN will come to New York the end 
of this month, and will also take a trip to 
Boston while here. 

MAX STUART, president of Barnes Printing 
Co. and his wife have left for a three weeks' 
stay in Florida. 

BENNY BAKER is staying at the Warwick. 

JOHN LODER, English actor, is scheduled to 
leave London shortly for a picture commitment 
on the Coast. 

HENRY ARMETTA arrives from the Coast 
today on the Commodore Vanderbilt to make a 
short for Warners and some P.A.'s for Fanchon 
& Marco. 

WALTER FLORELL, Viennese actor and dancer, 
is stopping in New York before he goes to 
the Coast. 

CARL ESMOND, English actor who was re- 
cently signed by M-G-M, sails from London 

CHARLES BICKFORD is staying at the Essex 

DORIS NOLAN has returned to the Coast af- 
ter appearing in a New York play. 

HERBERT J. YATES, who has been attending 
the Republic franchise meeting in Chicago leaves 
that city today for Hollywood. 



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asked to attend the sessions and in 
all probability he would, although 
he was contemplating a vacation in 

Wood, in a memorandum sent to 
theater owners, stated that the few- 
er speakers on hand the more effec- 
tive the arguments will be, and he 
urged that Vincent and himself be 
delegated to handle the situation. 
He asked that all organizations that 
are in favor of the two representa- 
tives write him in care of the 
ITO, Columbus, 0. 

Wood indicated that the best the 
theaters can hope for is an increase 
in the exemption on admission taxes 
from 40 to 50 cents. "We are pre- 
pared," he said, "to show the com- 
mittee that, by so modifying the 
law the Treasury will collect con- 
siderably more in income taxes from 
the many thousands of theaters 
which will be able to increase their 
admission prices because of the lift- 
ing of the exemption." 

RKO Radio's Studio Reins 
In Berman, Marcus Hands? 

(.Continued from Page 1") 

prexy, according to the present plan, 
it is understood. 

Coast huddles involving Andrew 
Christianson, head of receivership 
dept. of Irving Trust Co.; O. C. 
Doering, of counsel for receiver; 
Floyd Odium, Atlas head, and Spitz 
are reported on verge of conclusion. 
Ed Weisl, Odium's attorney, has 
checked in at his New York office. 

Decision on successor to Nate J. 
Blumberg as head of RKO theater 
operation is reported still on the 
conference agenda but no nearer an- 
nouncement than before huddle. 
John J. O'Connor, recommended for 
the post by Blumberg, is seen as fav- 
orite in informed circles. 

The Bronx Nixes Bingo 

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to live by District Attorney D. A. 
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Charlotte, N. C— The Wil-Kin Thea- 
ter Supply, Inc., was the first concern 
to open in Charlotte, in 1938. J. Ed 
Carroll is the branch manager, and he 
will be assisted by Wade H. Grant, Jr., 
and Miss Dorothy Fisher, secretary. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

the film industry as a most power- 
ful instrumentality for adult edu- 
cation, and ranked films far higher 
in this respect than radio, because 
"the eye is added to the ear." Will 
H. Hays presided. 

Dr. Butler declared that in the re- 
cent past he has observed with sat- 
isfaction the steps taken by pro- 
ducers to fashion features which 
deal with history and historical 
characters, and added that "it is an 
industry obligation to educate pub- 
lic opinion and keep it educated," 
since adults do not want of their 
own volition to "go back to school." 
He predicted that just as films have 
been in the fore ranks of beneficial 
world inventions during the past 40 
years, that the history of the next 
four decades will be written in 
large measure by motion pictures. 

Cecil B. De Mille, whose 25 years 
of service to the industry the lunch- 
eon signalized, expressed the view 
that the primary function of the 
motion picture is to entertain, but 
praised its instructional phases. He 
said that the teaching of history 
via the screen is "the greatest joy 
a director or producer can experi- 
ence," and that the large expendi- 
tures by producers on historical re- 
search are making possible the 
truthful portrayal of historical inci- 
dents, and, in some instances, cor- 
recting fallacies and inecenracies 
promulgated by historians. He ad- 
vocated universities and colleges 
teaching scenario writing, because 
there are so few really top-notch 
scenarists in Hollywood. 

One of the features of the lunch- 
eon was De Mille's disclosure of a 
hitherto unknown letter written by 
Zachary Taylor which testifies to 
the fact that John LaFitte, famous 
buccaneer, was a patriot more de- 
serving of the nation's honor than 
Paul Revere. The letter came to 
light during research on "The Buc- 
caneer," dealing with the life of 
LaFitte, which is De Mille's latest 
production. Research on the film, he 
stated, cost $75,000. 

At the conclusion of his remarks, 
De Mille presented to the New York 
Public Librarv a copy of the film 
script of "The Buccaneer." The 
grift was formally accepted by Dr. 
H. M. Lydenberg, director of the 

Luncheon was attended by 
more than 100 executives, educators 
and industry figures. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

son and Edward J. Peskay, president 
and vice-president, respectively, of 
Grand National. 

It was reported that if Educa- 
tional makes the loan — a million 
dollars is mentioned as the sum in- 
volved — the money is to be used ex- 
clusively for production. Wall street 
reports indicate that one financial 
firm had expressed a willingness to 
lend money to Grand National on 
the condition that Hammons would 
become chairman of the board. It 
is believed, however, that Hammons 
rejected the offer because he felt 
that if he was to be identified with 
GN, he desired to have his own 
company's finances back of him. 

It is understood that Hammons 
is giving the Grand National deal 
serious consideration, inasmuch as 
his present short subject production 
contract for 20th Century-Fox ex- 
pires July 31. Hammons yesterday 
declined to comment on the report 
that he would distribute through 
some other major company when 
his present 20th-Fox commitment 

With a million dollars advanced 
to GN, the most natural follow- 
up step would be for Educational 
to move into the GN exchanges, 
industry observers said yesterday. 
Under such an arrangement Educa- 
tional virtually would be again oper- 
ating its own distributing organiza- 

It is understood that Hammons 
will decide on the GN deal before 
the end of January. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Commenting on a 
published report that Earl W. Ham- 
mons would be made president of 
Grand National and is arranging a 
$1,000,000 financial setup, and that 
Phil Goldstone would also put up 
some cash and would be in charge 
of production, Edward L. Alperson 
declared no deal has been made. He 
said conferences had been held with 
Goldstone and Hammons, but added 
that meetings had also been held 
with various other interests. He 
denied he was going to go to New 
York with Goldstone to confer with 
Hammons. The published reports 
said that Alperson would take 
charge of sales of Grand National 

Phil Goldstone, producer of Grand 
National's "Damaged Goods," is re- 
ported likely to assume charge of 
revamped Grand National produc- 
tion scheme. 

In New York Edward L. Peskay, 
G. N. sales chief, queried last night 
on the Coast report, said, "That's 
the first IVe heard of it." 

"Voice of India" Booked 

J. H. Hoffberg Co., Inc., has closed 
a deal with Charles Moss of the 
New Criterion Theater for "Voice 
of India." 


A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 

(Continued from Page 1) ^& ■ 

augmented staff of 10 attorneys. Among 
his myr'ad activities, Mr. Nizer continued 
his post as counsel for the New York 
Film Board of Trade; lectured on mo- 
tion picture and theatrical law at both 
N. Y. U. and Hunter College; penned 
numerous articles; completed draft of 
his new book on Radio Law; was spe- 
cial adviser to New York's Mayor La 
Guardia. and headed the Screen. Stage 
and Radio Division for latter's re-election 
campaign and the election, too, of 
Thomas E. Dewey as Manhattan's Dis- 
trict Attorney. 

Rogers Week Plans Again 
Rest with Maj. Thompson 

(Continued from tage i) 

for his highly successful adminis- 

Owen D. Young, chairman of the 
GE board; Jesse H. Jones, RFC 
chairman; Patrick J. Hurley; Amon 
G. Carter, Publisher of the Fort 
Worth Star-Telegram; Col. Joseph 
M. Hartfield of White & Case; 
former Senator J. Henry Walters 
of the Will Rogers Memorial Com- 
mission and Y. Frank Freeman, 
Spyros P. Skouras, W. C. Michel, 
Joseph N. Hazen, Harold Rodner, 
John A. Gifford, Walter Trumbull, 
John W. Elwood and A. P. Waxman 
were among those present. 

Republic Lets Eight Out 

in Concentration Plan 

(Continued from Page 1) 

was learned yesterday. Move fol- 
lows decision reached at Tuesday's 
conference called by Herbert J. 
Yates and attended by Jack Bell- 
man, Harry La Vine, Grover C. 
Parsons, Max Roth and Hecht 


Mrs. Mary Tidball 
Fort Worth, Texas — Mrs. Mary 
Swartzelder Tidball, 85, who was as- 
sociated with her son, L. C. Tidball, 
in the operation of the New Isis 
Theater on the North Side in Fort 
Worth died at her home on Jan. 8 
from pneumonia. 

Don Yous 
Kansas City, Mo. — Don Yous, vet- 
eran Mound City exhibitor operat- 
ing the Adelphus Theater, died Jan. 
12 following a long illness. He is 
survived by a son who will operate 
the theater. 

Saturday, Jan. 15, 1938 



Construction — Modernization 



Technical — Supplies 


Denver — Reports from the Na- 
tional Theater Supply Co. Denver 
office say that business is keeping 
up very well, and give the follow- 
ing recent sales in the territory: 

To the Central Theater, Belen, 
N. M., Peerless lamphouses and rec- 
tifiers; to the Auditorium Theater, 
Limon, Colo., two Simplex Acme 
sound projectors complete and 
Walker Silversheet sound screen; 
Alliance Theater, Alliance, Neb., 
700 new opera chairs, Magnarc 
lamphouses, rear shutters installed 
and overhaul job on Simplex mech- 
anisms, miscellaneous booth and 
house equipment, ventilating equip- 
ment, and Walker White sound 
screen; to the Rio Theater, Meeker, 
Colo., new opera chairs. 

To the Mission Theater, Hatch, 
N. M., new Voight lighting fixtures; 
the Rialto Theater, Melrose, N. M., 
Simplex projection and sound equip- 
ment, lenses, Walker Silversheet 
screen, and miscellaneous booth 
equipment; the Climax Theater, 
Climax, Colo., Simplex projection 
and booth equipment, Hertner gen- 
erator, Walker White sound screen, 
Bausch and Lomb lenses, Cyclo- 
rama track and curtain; the Main 
Theater, Pueblo, Colo., 450 yards 
of carpet; and the State Theater, 
Miles City, Mont., two Simplex 

31 Houses Built, Altered 

During 1937 in St. Louis 

St. Louis, Mo. — Statistics com- 
piled by Building Commissioner 
Charles A. Welsch indicate that 31 
motion picture theaters and other 
places of amusement were started 
or remodeled during 1937. The to- 
tal cost of the construction was 
estimated at $47,300, but the ac- 
tual total costs, including equip- 
ment, etc., ran well above $100,- 

Readying Rockford House 

Rockford, 111. — The new Times 
Theater of the VanMatre circuit is 
being rushed to completion and 
they expect to open next month. 
The new house seats 1,500. It is 
expected the Great States circuit 
will book the new house, when 

Two-Balcony House 

Port St. Joe, Fla. — Work has been 
started on the new theater which will 
become a part of the Martin & Davis 
circuit. The house will have two bal- 
conies, one for whites and one for 
Negroes, with a total seating capacity 
of 1,024. One of the new features of 
the building is a modern apartment 
for the use of the manager. Work is 
being done by the R. N. McEachern 
Construction company 

Warners Adopting New Eastman Fine 
Grain Film (or All Future Pictures 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Burbank, Cal. — A new fine grain 
film for sound recording, heralded 
as one of the most important devel- 
opments in years, is now being 
used by Warner Bros, studios. The 
film, which is the result of months 
of experimenting and research by 
the Eastman Kodak Co., is being 
used in "Hollywood Hotel" and 
"Swing Your Lady" and will be 
used in all Warner Bros, pictures 
from now on. The film is said to 
be as great a technical improve- 
ment as the introduction of gray 
back panchromatic film three years 

According to Maj. Nathan Levin- 
son, head of the Warner Bros, re- 
cording department, the new film 

offers much lower surface noise, 
much greater volume range and a 
more faithful reproduction of all 
frequencies including particularly 
the high notes. The higher volume 
is obtained without distortion. 

In explaining the benefits of the 
new film, G. M. Best, chief record- 
er, points to Raymond Paige's ren- 
dition of "Dark Eyes" in "Holly- 
wood Hotel" and recording of dia- 
logue over sounds of the wrestling 
match in "Swing Your Lady" as 
outstanding examples of achieve- 
ments made possible by it. The film 
has the added advantage of being 
extremely easy to handle and no 
new equipment is needed to use it. 
The studio uses the RCA variable 
area recording system. 

John Spaulding to Open 

New Roxy at Flora, III. 

Flora, 111.— The new Roxy Thea- 
ter erected by John Spaulding will 
hold its opening today. Much of 
the equipment for the new 500- 
seater was purchased through 
George Busher of St. Louis, includ- 
ing Air-Loc seats, Ultraphonic 
sound, Simplex projectors and rain- 
bow lighting fixtures. Plans for 
the theater were prepared by Carl 
Myer of Springfield, 111. The Flora 
Amusement Co. is Spaulding's op- 
erating company for his two thea- 
ters here, the new Roxy and the 
Florence, which has 750 seats. 

Emanuel Contract to Chase 

Harrisburg, Pa.— R. E. and T. E. 
Chase, Allentown firm, has been 
awarded the contract at a cost of 
between $50,000 and $60,000 to do 
the general building construction 
on the new Senate Theater in the 
old Russ Building being built by 
Jay Emanuel, Philadelphia exhibi- 
tor and trade paper publisher. 

National Flag Moves 

Boston — The National Flag and 
Banner Co., under the management 
of Myer Rosen, has moved its of- 
fices to 28 Winchester St. 

A. W. Plues with NTS 

Cincinnati — A. W. Plues, former- 
ly with Electrical Research Corp., 
has joined National Theater Sup- 
ply in charge of the sound depart- 

Jones Will Rebuild 

Sheridan, Ark. — G. W. Jones, 
owner of the Rex, which burned re- 
cently, has announced that he will 

100 RCA Installations 

In Chicago Territory 

Chicago — A. E. Klein, manager 
of the High Fidelity sound depart- 
ment of the RCA, Chicago head- 
quarters, reports more than 100 
installations during 1937, best rec- 
ord in years. Among latest instal- 
lations are: Marbro and Senate the- 
aters of the B and K circuit, the 
Shakespeare Theater, the Riverside 
Theater at Milwaukee, the Key 
Theater at Kewanee, the Majestic 
Theater of the Milt Ellis circuit at 
Beloit, Wise, the new Times Thea- 
ter at Rockford, the Strand Thea- 
ter at Whitewater, Wise, the Hess 
Theater at Hammond, Ind., under 
Andy Berger management, the Col- 
fax Theater at South Bend, Ind., 
and the Clark Theater of the Trinz 

France Joins Superior 

Cleveland — F. L. France has been 
appointed manager of the Su- 
perior Theater Supply Co.'s local 
office by Arthur F. Morrone. Ray 
Cudmore, formerly local branch 
manager, now heads the local sales 

New Projection Firm 

Detroit — New industry company 
was formed here recently as the 
M and M Motion Picture Projec- 
tion Co., with headquarters at 3395 
Gratiot Ave. Organizers are Wil- 
liam Morganti and Waldo Mancini. 

White with Midwest TSC 

Chicago — The Midwest Theater 
Supply Co. has changed its Indiana 
State agent to Jacob S. White, with 
offices in the Merchants Bank 
Building, Indianapolis. 


Chicago — Nat Nathanson, Motio- 
graph representative in Asia, Aus- 
tralia and Africa, has returned to 
company's main office here, having 
spent the past 12 months surveying 
the above foreign territories and 
effectuating equipment sales. 

Motiograph distributors in China, 
Japan, Sumatra, Siam, French 
Indo-China, Philippine Islands, Ma- 
lay Peninsula, Java, India, Burma 
and Ceylon, he declares, all report 
increasing acceptance and sales of 
American-made Motiograph Projec- 
tors and Brenkert Lamps, and that 
company's projectors are rapidly 
replacing leadership of English and 
German makes. 

Nathanson says business condi- 
tions in India are particularly good, 
with that country building many 
new theaters as a result of growing 
public appetite for film entertain- 
ment, and the rise of individual 
purchasing power. 

"Although China has only some 
400 theaters listed throughout its 
vast area," he points out, "it has a 
great future for the theater busi- 
ness which should be felt as soon 
as hostilities have ceased, regardless 
of the eventual outcome of the 
Japanese penetration." 

He found business in the Philip- 
pines still good, but slower, and 
attributes this to the Independence 
Movement which is not receiving 
sympathetic support from many of 
the Islands' influential people. 

Celotex Corp. Acquires 

Gulf Gypsum's Control 

Houston — Celotex Corp. has 
taken a further step in its move 
toward a complete line of building 
materials for film theater construc- 
tion and general industrial building 
with the purchase of all the capi- 
tal stock of Gulf Gypsum Co. The 
sale was announced by Dudley P. 
South, president. Significance of 
the acquisition by Celotex lies in 
the fact the corporation has ac- 
quired a gypsum deposit that may 
enable it to compete successfully 
on the Atlantic seaboard with plants 
which draw their raw materials 
largely from Nova Scotia. 

Celotex now has a large plant in 
New Orleans where it makes in- 
sulating board from sugar cane 

Unique Entrance 

Detroit — Opening of the new Man- 
Theater in Saginaw has been postponed, 
and will probably not take place until 
about Feb. 1. A unique type of en- 
trance is now under construction. Both 
sides fronting on the street are of glass 
brick with glass also used for the 
entrance walls. Samuel C. Allen of 
Saginaw is the architect. 


Saturday, Jan. 15, 1938 






$100,000 BELLEVUE 

Bellevue, O. — Louis Lazar, Belle- 
fontaine, O., general manager of 
the Ohio division of Schine Thea- 
ters, has confirmed reports that the 
Schine company will begin erection 
of a $100,000 theater in Bellevue 
about Feb. 15. The theater will have 
a seating capacity of 1,000. Mr. 
Lazar said the new Bellevue house 
will be managed by Fred H. Clary, 
Monroeville, former manager of the 
Stillman Theater in Cleveland and 
the Cleveland Public Auditorium. 

Schoenstadt's Atlantic 

Opens After Remodeling 

Chicago — The Schoenstadt's cir- 
cuit remodeled Atlantic Theater has 
2,500 seats. Management reports 
$60,000 was spent on the job. Joe 
Goldberg Co. supplied the equip- 
ment, the Ideal Seating Co., 2,500 
seats, the Commercial Lighting Co., 
electrical fixtures, the Vitrolite Co. 
the new Vitrolite front, Leslie and 
Nelson, the Oriental iron fixtures, 
the Gillespie Dwyer Co. the venti- 
lating system, the White Way Elec- 
tric Sign Co. the canopy. Alex 
Levy was the architect. 




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Sound Proofing Stage Settings 

Wall Coverings Rigging 

Charles H. Kenney 

112-118 W. 44th St. New York City 

BRyant 9-2264 

Open After I© Yrs. 

San Francisco — H. L. Duensing has 
completed elaborate modernization of 
the old 400-seat Casino in Antioch. 
The house, dark before the advent of 
sound, required virtual rebuilding. 

$100,000 Film Theater 

Projected in Montreal 

Montreal — Land has been pur- 
chased for construction of a new 
film theater on Cote des Neiges 
Road near Lacombe Ave. It will 
have a seating capacity of about 
1,000, and will cost $100,000. 

Kelly Servicing Theaters 

The Warner and Skouras cir- 
cuits, B. S. Moss' Criterion and the 
Shubert theaters are among the 
houses being serviced by Kelly 
Products Corp. for carpet cleaning 
with their new machine which 
washes the carpet, rinses and dis- 
poses of dirty water all in one op- 

Remodel Cardinal Theater 

St. Louis — Work has been start- 
ed on the remodeling of the Car- 
dinal Theater in the Jennings dis- 
trict of St. Louis County. Theater 
is operated by the Balka Corp. 
headed by William S. Kaiman. Plans 
for the improvements were pre- 
pared by Julius E. Tarling. 

Baird Gets Contract 

Jacksonville, Fla. — H. S. Baird, 
of Jacksonville, has been awarded 
the general contract for the con- 
struction of a two-story-and-base- 
ment motion picture theater for the 
E. J. Sparks Enterprises here. It 
will be of re-inforced concrete with 
carrara glass trim and will, when 
completed, cost about $45,000. 

Mueller Plant Placed 

Heladeton, Okla. — A new Mueller 
heating plant has been installed in 
the Thompson Theater here by 
Dyer Theater Supply Co. of Okla- 
homa City. 



All Major Pictures 

320 West 46th St. N. Y. C. 

DeVry Equipment Sales 

Climb in Detroit Area 

Detroit — Walter Liebmann, of 
Silsbee-Liebmann, Detroit represen- 
tative for DeVry equipment, re- 
ports a substantial increase in bus- 
iness during the past four weeks. 
Recent installations include: 16 mm. 
intermittent sprocket projector for 
use for entertainment programs by 
Consumers' Power Co. of Jackson, 
Mich., which services a large sec- 
tion of Michigan; to the Ecorse 
public school system, a new Chal- 
lenger type DeVry projector, and 
screen; to Michigan State Agricul- 
tural Department, Lansing, a 
sprocket intermittent projector; to 
Michigan State Hospital, Kalama- 
zoo, a new screen; and to Mary- 
grove College, Detroit, a 16 mm. 
Challenger type sound installation. 

A new DeVry Brillante Lens has 
recently been installed at the Fine 
Arts Theater, for Wayne Allen Cir- 
cuit, by Jack Moss, associated with 
Silsbee-Liebmann, in charge of the 
lens department. 

Installs Leather Chairs 

Fernandina, Fla.— D. B. White, 
owner of the Ritz Theater, has in- 
stalled new leather-seated chairs in 
his theater. The seating capacity 
has been increased by 175 by mov- 
ing the screen back several feet. It 
is a 675-seat house. 

Cluster House Bows In 

Salem, 111. — Bob Cluster's 750- 
seat New Salem Theater has 
opened. Plans for the house were 
prepared by O. W. Stiegemeyer, St. 
Louis architect, while the general 
contractor was E. H. Barenfanger 
of Salem. It cost approximately 
$60,000 with equipment. 

New Princeton Project 

Princeton, Ky. — The Melco The- 
aters, Inc., Memphis, Tenn., con- 
template the erection of a new the- 
ater here. The architects in charge 
of the plans are Bruggeman, Swaim 
& Allen, Gazette Building, Little 
Rock, Ark. 


(Of course, we mean Box Office) 

Attracting- deafened to your talkies increase* 

potential audience 10% . In- 

k stall Acousticon Theatre- 


phones. Leading system, 
tionally advertised. 


Endorsed by key showmen. 
Write for full details, and ex- 
ploitation data. 

Dictograph Products Co., Inc. 

580 Fifth Ave., New York 



a ■ COLgW) 

Some Vil If 


Nela Park Engineering 1 

PROBABLY no single facto 
the atmosphere of every j 
which color, both in lighting 
theater manager sees in colo 
interest, and creating adverth 
competitive eye appeal. Tl 
uses color to achieve the dec p : ; 
though one of the most inte \ 
often misapplied. 

White light, from the si ica 
of several colors: red, orange n 
the intermediate hues. Mixe I 
Actually, by mixing only thei iii 
blue in proper proportions, ' li 
the three primaries of paint, i 

discharge sources, such j 
application of ultraviolet rac 
discharge sources are each inl 
for permanent and unchange. 
all colors and any color or ti 
colored transmitting filters, in 
dependent on the proportion I ■ 
light source. From incandes | 
cent is red, five per cent g 
tint, on the other hand, is pi 
light output. Similarly the o, 
orange, and "daylight white," 
white light. Tints or combi 
preferred, utilize the light fn 
tage and at a considerably Ic 
greens, or blues. 

In general, some type ofjjloi 
lamp bulb or as an accessory 
effective than obtaining col : 
lamp. Initial output is bett 
the lamp ages. It is especi 
filters in obtaining green and 



5 : 

stand proper mixing for tony 
Briefly, colors live by contras > 
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Saturday, Jan. 15, 1938 






*b I^EDIA ■ ■ 

i idereations 

ilLd C. E. WEITZ 

l^ral Electric Co., Cleveland 

so definite an influence upon 
theater as does the manner in 
decorative media, is used. The 
oof attracting attention, holding 
i:in the midst of surroundings of 
bt and decorator, respectively, 
phasis he is striving for. Color, 
iects of theater lighting, is too 

incandescent lamp, is composed 

seen, blue and violet, and all of 

J these colors make white light. 

(ternaries of light, red, green and 

, | ' results. However, by mixing 

t.'tow and blue, — a black pigment 

-i-ht may be created by gaseous 
, sodium and neon, and by the 
sdifluorescent materials. Gaseous 
nit a fixed color eminently suitable 
e|9y. White light sources contain 
till obtained at will by the use of 
ting color output is, of course, 
jflbr generated by the particular 
\m, for example, about five per 
;|?1 to 2 per cent blue. A rose 
m about 40 per cent of the total 
$:<and certain pure colors, yellow, 
"50 per cent or more of normal 
lit tints and lighter colors, often 
la lamp to much greater advan- 
liifhan is possible with pure reds, 

illcolored glass filter, either in the 
efficient and in most cases more 
oblored coating or spray on the 
is advantage is strengthened as 
ble to use natural-colored glass 

• color it is important to under- 
o ony, which is a science in itself. 
?u color, for example, an all-blue 
mind fatiguing, until the eye fails 

' ge 8) 

Complete Decorating and Draperies 

Murals — Draperies — Stage Curtains 

Specialists in Creation of Smart Interiors 


320 W. 48th St.,New York City A. I. Kessler, Mgr. 

Esquire Theater's Front 

Stresses Use of Glass 

Springfield, 111. — The Frisina Ker- 
asotes Circuit has opened the new 
Esquire Theater. The house seats 
1,000 and represents an investment 
of a $150,000, according to the man- 

The architect was J. Fletcher 
Lankton of Peoria and the work 
was done by the Evans Construc- 
tion Co. of this city. 

The front of the house is built 
of Vitrolite glass bricks and ivory 
structural glass with chromium 
strips. The sidewalk is done in col- 
ored terrazo and the marquee em- 
braces a combination of four colored 
neons and flashing lights. 

Second Sheffield Theater 

Sheffield, la. — This town which 
had no motion picture theater for 
15 years, now has two, with the 
opening of the new Grand, erected 
and equipped at an approximate 
cost of $14,000. The building is a 
one-story affair with seating ca- 
pacity of 300. Dr. F. H. Rode- 
meyer, Sheffield physician, owns the 
building and will operate the thea- 
ter. The Nu-Bee Theater opened 
at Sheffield in October. 

GE Orders Up 28% 

Orders received by the General Elec- 
tric Co. for the entire year 1937 totaled 
$379,273,619 as compared with $296,- 
748,219 in 1936, it is announced by 
the company. Volume gain is 28 per 

Essick-Fine's Medina 

House Open, Akron Next 

General Register Contracts 

Chicago — D. H. Finke, vice-pres- 
ident of the General Register Corp., 
reports the following installations: 
Atlantic Theater, Schoenstadt cir- 
cuit, and the Four Star Theater, 
Chicago, the Frisina and Kerasotes 
circuits at Springfield, the Associ- 
ated theaters at Cleveland and the 
Fox Midwest Theaters, Kansas 
City, have also made several Gen- 
eral Automaticket installations re- 

ONCE AGAIN the Theater Partner awards cash 
for best theater exploitation ideas. Winners last 
month: Wally Kemp, Capitol theater, Grand 
Island, Nebr.; L. A. Wallis, New Isis theater, 
N. Fort Worth, Tex.; C. D. Jarrett, Wichita 
theater, Wichita, Kans. Mail in your top ex- 
ploitation, Mr. Exhibitor. More lucre will be 
handed out next month. 

Colorado Springs Colorado 

Medina, O. — The new Medina 
Theater has opened its doors with 
Ben Stahl, Cincinnati, as resident 
manager and P. E. Essick, Meyer 
Fine, and associates the owners. 
This same group has under con- 
struction a 1,800-seat theater in 
Akron which is scheduled to open 
Feb. 1. 

The Medina has 1,000 air-flow 
seats, indirect lighting, year-round 
ventilating system, newest RCA 
sound system, and a non-glare 
Walker screen. The playhouse oc- 
cupies part of the site of the pres- 
ent Masonic Temple Building, but 
is a separate and distinct unit, hav- 
ing its entrance on the main street. 


Des Moines — Tri-States Theater 
Corp. announces the proposed build- 
ing of its ninth motion picture the- 
ater in the city, carrying forward 
a program of expansion in the su- 
burban section. The new house is 
to be at 3411 Ingersoll Ave., and 
will be the third neighborhood 
house in west Des Moines. Con- 
struction will start as soon as the 
architect's plans are completed. G. 
Ralph Branton, general manager, 
said a new type of theater design 
is to be used. 

Another theater is also to be 
erected by Tri-States, in north Des 
Moines, as soon as a site is select- 
ed. Tri-States now operates five 
downtown houses, and with the 
completion of the two new theaters, 
will have four suburban houses. 

New Cedar Falls House 

Des Moines— Plans for a $25,000 
theater at Cedar Falls on the site 
of the old Empress have been an- 
nounced by Merle F. Blair, mana- 
ger of the Regent Theater there. 


Alexander Smith, too, has hit a new 
high with the gorgeous new colors and 
designs in its new carpets for 1938. See 
them at your Supply House and you 
will understand once more why Alex- 
ander Smith Carpets are used in the 
majority of the country's most suc- 
cessful theatres. 



Saturday, Jan. 15, 1938 


Construction — Modernization 



Technical — Supplies 


Sam Jaffe, veteran motion pic- 
ture engineer, has recently taken 
over the projection engineering and 
repair department for The Cine- 
Vox Co., supply dealers and manu- 
facturers of sound equipment, 451 
West 46th St., New York. 

For the past 15 years, during 
which he has designed, serviced and 
rebuilt motion picture equipment, 
Jaffe has been associated with In- 
ternational Projector Corp., Sam 
Kaplan, Inc., and Blue Seal Prod- 
ucts, Inc. He has pioneered in the 
development of the present Trans- 
Lux Theater equipment and has 
perfected the design of the new 
highly efficient double-bearing in- 
termittent used in the Simplex type 

Connected with many of the mo- 
tion picture refinements which to- 
day are in universal use, Jaffe is 
now conducting experiments for 
The Cine-Vox Co. aimed at further 
improvements in the industry, that 
company announced. 

Detroit's Garden Opens 

Following Remodeling 

Detroit — The Garden Theater has 
been opened by the Advance The- 
atrical Operation Corp., following 
complete remodeling. New velour 
curtains, travelers, and stage equip- 
ment were installed by Arnold D. 
Dickerson. National Theater Sup- 
ply Co. installed seats, projection 
equipment. carpet, ana screen. 
Marquee was by E. A. Long Sign 
Co., and front by Art Metal Works. 

Cincy NTS Branch Biz 

Shows 30% Rise In 37 

Cincinnati — National Theater Sup- 
ply, Cincinnati branch, shows a 30 
per cent increase in business during 
1937, over 1936, according to report 
of H. Hunt, manager. Business in- 
crease was due in most part to new 
theaters in the mid-eastern terri- 

Sho-AII Contracts Signed 

Detroit — Lloyd Hammond Motion 
Picture Co., manufacturing the 
Sho-All Dated Trailers, has just 
signed up eight more houses, six in 
Detroit and two up-state. The trail- 
ers are also being sold nationally 
by Hammond. 

Install U. S. Air Unit 

Atoka, Okla. — A new 22,000 cu.ft. 
washer and blower has been in- 
stalled in the Pix at Atoka by Dyer 
Theater Supply of Oklahoma City. 
Is a U. S. Air Conditioning unit. 


Some Vital Considerations 

(Continued from Page 7) 

to discriminate the color. By adding accents or highlights in another 
color, the contrast will heighten each of the colors. 

Combinations of colors should be applied in an orderly arrange- 
ment; a hodge-podge of colors, either inside or outside the theater, 
speil an amateurish effect. Adhering to predominant single colors, with 
accents in contrasting color, is a good principle for many treatments. 

Complementary colors, yellow and blue, red and green, blue-green 
and orange form the most striking and pleasing combinations, the con- 
trast being greatest when the contrasting colors are close to each other. 
Closely associated colors, blue and blue-green, orange and yellow, etc., 
are also harmonious and effective. 

Color preference is a factor in the selection of color. In general,, 
when selecting color for itself alone pure red and pure blue are preferred. 
In large amounts, however, pure red is not desirable, pure blue is better, 

but tints are still more preferable, especially in the interior of a theater. 

* * * # 

PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOR — Through many years of association with 
certain colors in nature, man has developed a definite psychology 
of color. Some of the colors, the yellows, oranges and reds are "warm" 
and advancing. Blues and greens are cooler colors, receding, and seem 
to provide depth and spaciousness. Each color has its associations, red, 
— blood, heat, anger, etc.; orange, — harvest, fruition; yellow, — gaiety, 
light, splendor; green, — vigor, faith, youth; blue, — dignity, hope, sedate- 
ness. Applying these associations, — cooler colors in warm weather, 
warm colors in cold weather, colors suited to special presentations or 
occasions, and for special stage shows or musical numbers, — the enter- 
tainment will be enhanced and the full value of color realized. Tints, 
in general, have a more pleasant effect on the appearance of people, 
surprise pink being particularly flattering to complexions. Then, too, 
there is the psychology of "bright lights." For a comedy presentation, 
for example, ample light in the auditorium contributes to a spirit of 
gaiety and makes merriment more contagious. 

$250,000 Augusta House 

For Lucas and Jenkins 

Augusta, Ga. — Sketches have 
been started by Roy A. Benjamin 
of Jacksonville, Fla., on a $250,000 
theater for the Lucas and Jenkins 
circuit for Augusta. The building 
will have two stories and a base- 
ment; re-inforced concrete frame- 
work and floors; brick walls and 
carrara glass trim. 

NTS Filling La. Orders 

Lafayette, La. — National Theater 
Supply of New Orleans is furnish- 
ing new booth equipment for the 
Southern Amusement Co.'s Jeffer- 
son and Azalea theaters here. The 
equipment company is also supply- 
ing new carpets, drapes and other 

Replace Burned House 

Hartsville, Tenn. — The Eveska 
Theater Co. plans to rebuild its the- 
ater here which was destroyed by 
fire recently. 

Will Air Condition 

Springfield, Mass. — Loew Poli has 
called for bids for air conditioning 
of its local house. 

Great States Madison 

Opens After Remodeling 

Peoria, 111.— E. S. Moore & Son, 
contractors, have completed here 
their two-months' job of remodeling 
and modernizing the Madison The- 
ater of the Great States circuit. 
Both architecturally and from 
standpoint of equipment, the house, 
which has opened and currently 
showing first-run product, has been 
brought up to date in all depart- 
ments. Martin Ziegner had charge 
of the art work, and colors play a 
prominent role in the house's deco- 
rative scheme. Neon and indirect 
lighting are used effectively. The 
new marquee is another feature. 
Milton Brown is the house manager 
for Great States, and L. C. Woriey 
city manager for the circuit. 

$64,000 Richmond Project 

Richmond, Va. — Ground has been 
broken for the new Forest Theater 
which will cost about $64,000 and 
will be located at 34th and Semmes. 
Seating 800, the house is expected 
to be ready about May 1, under the 
management of the Ginter Amuse- 
ment Corp. 


Janette Manufacturing Co. of 
Chicago, with branches in Boston, 
New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, 
Milwaukee and Los Angeles, report 
brisk sales of their Blower Wheels 
in conjunction with heating, ven- 
tilating and air-conditioning units 
in film theaters in all sections of the 

The wheels, according to com- 
pany's engineers, move their maxi- 
mum volumes of air quietly, at rel- 
atively low speeds and with a mini- 
mum of power input; are long lived, 
trouble-free, highly efficient, and 
will stand rough handling. All 
wheels are built of a special grade 
of soft durable steel, which is espe- 
cially adapted for this use as it is 
less resonant and consequently gives 
more quiet operation. They can be 
furnished in sizes ranging from 

5 x 1 in. to 12 x 6 in. single inlet; 

6 x 4 in. to 12 x 12 in. double inlet 
type. These sizes permit the prop- 
er selection for any required duty. 

Forward curvature of the blades 
is scientifically designed to give 
each size wheel high operating effi- 
ciency and a large volume of air 
output with a minimum of air noise. 

Company also manufactures mo- 
tors, motor-generators, AC and DC 
generators, rotary converters, cir- 
culating pumps, motorized blowers, 
gasoline engine electric plants and 
motorized speed reducers. 

McArthur Installing 

Equipment for Vassar 

Detroit — McArthur Theater 
Equipment Co. is installing new 
Motiograph projectors, Mirrophonic 
Sound, and complete booth equip- 
ment in the new Vassar Theater, 
Vassar, for the Smith Brothers. 

Demand of operators for new 
projection equipment is shown in 
unusually large stock of used pro- 
jectors at McArthur's, with little 
demand for used trade-in equip- 
ment today. 

Ames Contract Let 

Des Moines — Ames Theater Co. 
has let the contract for a $45,000 
theater to be constructed near the 
college campus at Ames. The com- 
pany has recently opened the Col- 
legian, new $175,000 downtown the- 
ater in Ames, and the smaller thea- 
ter is to serve the college trade. The 
house is to be completed in the 
spring. Both theaters are a part 
of the Central States group. 

Bien Plans Expansion 

Cincinnati — Billy Bien, Theater 
Posters, announces an expansion pro- 
gram for the Queen City, and is 
negotiating for a large building on 
the Parkway. 

Saturday, Jan. 15, 1938 





New Theaters 

Change in Ownership 

H"^Jj — New, transferred to Dr. C. W. 
Clar,. * 


TEXARKANA— Capitol. 

New Theaters 

Change in Ownership 

WILLOWS— Rialto. transferred to Fred 
Xaify and Fred Salth. SAN JOSE— Willow 
Glen, transferred to J. Curtsinger. SUISUN 
-— Suisun, transferred to Harvey Amusement 
Co. SAN FRANCISCO— Strand, transferred 
to Stanley Strand Theater Co. SAN FRAN- 
CISCO — Roxie, transferred to M. S. Smart. 
SAN FRANCISCO— Cameo, transferred to 
M. S. Smart. NEWMAN— Newman, trans- 
ferred to West Side Theaters Inc. MONTE 
RIO — Monte Rio. transferred to S. A. Bart- 
lett, Jr. GUSTINE— Gustine, transferred to 
West Side Theater . Inc. COVELO— Owl, 
transferred to G. W. Taylor. CLOVER- 
DALE — Del Rio. (formerly Peter Pan) trans- 
ferred to Ray Palmer. BENECIA — Majestic, 
transferred to W. X. Crooks. 

Change in Theater Name 

CLOVERDALE— Del Rio (formerlv Peter 
Pan). SAN FRANCISCO— Palace (former- 
ly Milano) . 


Follies. SAN ANDREAS— San Andreas. 
— Richmond. 

Change in Ownership 

HUGO — Empress, transferred to L. L. 
Moreland. DENVER — Bidawee, transferred 
to Coppel Amusement Co. 


LYONS— Lyons. EADS— Eads. CEDAR- 
EDGE— Cedaredge. 



COLA— TJ. S. Army Post. 

Change in Ownership 

NEWBURGH— Princess, transferred to R. 
Bivins. HENRYVILLE— Community, (for- 
merly Legion) transferred to J. C. Bollinger. 
ST. PAUL— St. Paul, transferred to Ralph 

Change in Theater Name 

ARGOS — Lido, (formerly Princess). 
PENDLETON— Roxy, (formerly Pendleton). 



OSSIAN — Strand. MONON — Strand. 
VILLE — Community. LAFAYETTE — 
Family. MARS HILL— Mars Hill. NEW 
Roxy. THORNTOWN— Princess. 

New Theaters 


Change in Ownership 

ALTA — Alta, transferred to J. F. Hravec. 
MOORHEAD — Moorhead (formerly Leo) 
transferred to F. A. Bryceson. 

Change in Ownership 

HANOVER— Kaw, transferred to A. F. 
Flaherty. CUNNINGHAM — Cunningham, 
(formerly Midway) transferred to R. H. 
McGeorge. BURRTON — Ritz, (formerly 
Auditorium) transferred to F. R. Henson. 
SATANTA— Satanta, transferred to H. F. 
Cole. DeSOTO — DeSoto, transferred to 
Parker Road Show Co. 


CUNNINGHAM — Cunningham. BUR- 
TON — Ritz. WILSON — Screenland. 
SATANTA— Satanta. 



New Theaters 
Roxy. . 

Change in Ownership 

LOUISVILLE — Crescent, transferred to 
S. D. Weinberg. CLAY — State, transferred 
to J. T. Willis. DREAKESBORO— Home, 
(formerly Moody) transferred to J. W. Hays. 





Queens. JACKSON— Taylor. TEN A— Strand. 
Past-time. MINDEN— Scout. NEW OR- 
Plaucheville. UNIVERSITY — Chimes. 


MORGAN CITY— Opera House. NEW 
ORLEANS— Gaiety. 


Change in Ownership 

GARDINER — Strand, transferred to E. M. 
Andrews. LIBSON — Bijou, transferred to 
Sharby Circuit. 


SHERMAN MILLS — Opera House. 
L I B ERT Y — Community. 

Change in Ownership 

DENNIS — Dennis, transferred to Phil 
Smith Circuit. BOSTON— Hub, transferred 
to Loew-Fox Circuit. 


HINGHAM— Drive In. 

Change in Ownership 

SLAYTON — Murray, transferred to Her- 
man Jochims. ST. PAUL — Mohauk, trans- 
ferred to C. H. Christians. MELROSE— 
Melrose, transferred to G. A. O'Brien. 
IRONTON — Ironton, transferred to A. C. 


HOPKINS— Royal. 


Unique. VERNDALE— Verndale. THIEF 

New Theaters 

RUTHFORD— Movies. 


Booker-T. MORTON — Palace. YAZOO 
CITY— De Votol. 

New Theaters 

Little Harlem. 

Change in Ownership 

HAMILTON— Courter. transferred to J. 
E. Courter. VERSAILLES— Royal, trans- 
ferred to Glen W. Dickinson. SWEET 
SPRINGS— Uptown, transferred to Glen W. 
Dickinson Theaters. Inc. PATTONSBURG 
— Binney, transferred to Earl Binney. NOR- 
BORNE — Roval. transferred to Jerrv Fischer. 
MOUND CITY — Delpheus Theater, trans- 
ferred to H. L. Yous. KANSAS CITY— 
Prospect, transferred to F. L. Scovill. 

Change in Theater Name 

TINA— Tina Hall (formerly Tina). 


CITY— Rex. 


RIDGEWAY— Palace. 

Change in Ownership 

SIDNEY— Roxy. (formerly Orpheum) 
transferred to J. M. Suckstorff. 

New Theaters 


Change in Ownership 

CAIRO — Cairo, transferred to Leon Braun. 
CALLAWAY— Star, transferred to R. E. 
Brega. DEWITT— Dewitt, transferred to W. 
W. Troxell. 


— Opera House. FAIRCHILD — Jovo. 
—Summit. BRIDGEPORT — Trail. 


CANEEN— Town Hall. 

Change in Ownership 

BOUND BROOK — Lvric, transferred to 
Charles S. Nagy. ASBURY PARK— State, 
transferred to David Cohen. LINDEN — St. 
George, tranferred to Theodore Gluck. NEW- 
ARK, 649 Springfield Ave. — Astor, (formerly 
Grand) transferred to Delf Amusement Corp. 

Change in Ownership 

LOVINGTON— Palace, transferred to T. 
A. Whelan. 






Change in Ownership 

N. Y. C, 221 W. 42nd St.— Apollo, 
transferred to Brandt Theaters. N. Y. C, 
1703 Third Ave. — 96th Theater, transferred to 
96th St. Theater Corp. N. Y. C, 1603 Broad- 
way — Trans Lux, transferred to Trans Lux. 
N. Y. O, 5 Chatham Sq. — Chatham, trans- 
ferred to Robert Salnit. BRONX. N. Y., 
Beach & Randall Aves — Beach Theater, trans- 
ferred to Stainless Theater Corp. BROOK- 
LYN, N. Y., 6409 20th Ave.— Metro, 
(formerly Parkway) transferred to Natmor 
Theaters Inc. LONG ISLAND, N. Y., 
Arverne — Arverne Theater, transferred to 
New Era Amusement Corp. LONG 
ISLAND, Edgemere — Edgemere, transferred 
to New Era Amusement Corp. LONG 
ISLAND, N. Y., Rockaway Beach— New, 
transferred to New Era Amusement Corp. 
LONG ISLAND, N. Y., Rockaway Beach— 
Rivoli Theater, transferred to New Era 
Amusement Corp. LONG ISLAND, N. Y., 
22-16 Newtown Ave — Meriden, transferred to 
Weiss Bros. Theaters Corp. NEW RO- 
CHELLE, Main Street — Trent, transferred 
to Trent Theater Corp. COLD SPRINGS— 
Hudson Theater, transferred to Philip Risen- 
berg. WHITESVILLE— Lyric, transferred 
to Stadelman & McHale. 

Change in Operation 

BUFFALO — Gayety, (formerly Filmarte) 
transferred to Buffalo Theaters, Inc. 


ANDOVER— Andover. PHELPS— Phelps. 

Change in Ownership 

WASHBURN — Roxy. transferred to Mrs. 
Clayton Carlson. LIDGERWOOD — Roxy, 
transferred to E. E. Schneider. FARGO — 
Isis, transferred to S. P. Dietz. 


LANKIN — Gem. FAIRMONT — State. 
NOME — Nome. 

Change in Ownership 

COLUMBUS — East Columbus, (formerly 
Florence) transferred to J. G. Turner. CAM- 
DEN — Majestic, transferred to Orville 
Woods. CINCINNATI — State, (formerly 
Metropolitan) transferred to Geo. Turlukis. 
AMELIA — Amelia, transferred to Mrs. Mary 

Change in Theater Name 

COLUMBUS — East Columbus, (formerly 
Florence. CINCINNATI— State, (formerly 


COLUMBUS— East Columbus, (formerly 

Change in Ownership 

CLAYSVILLE - - Clay, transferred to 
Eugene DeFallo. 





New Theaters 

Boulevard. UNIVERSAL— New Penn. AL- 
TOONA— Logan. BOSWELL— Mary Lee. 
STEAD — Elite. MADERA — Capitol. 
BURG— Blair. 



Change in Ownership 

IRQUOIS — Star, tranfserred to Lloyd 
Pooley. HENRY — Rialto, transferred to Red- 
mund & Pullman. 


WATERTOWN— Colonial. 

New Theaters 
MOSCOW— Moscow. 

Change in Ownership 

UVALE — Ritz & Strand, transferred to 
H. W. Little. IRAAN— Texas, transferred 
to E. P. Rainocek. DALLAS— Peak, trans- 
ferred to P. G. Cameron. McKINNEY— 
Ritz, State & Texas, transferred to R & R 
United, Inc. CISCO — Palace and Texas, 
transferred to R & R United, Inc. 
& Rialto, transferred to Jack Pickens. LO- 
RAINE — Rialto, transferred to H. P. Day. 
FRANKLIN— Franklin, transferred to H. C. 
Gilberrv. CUERO— Rex & Rialto. transferred 
to Tack Pickens. BASTROP— Strand, trans- 
ferred to Jack Wright. DALLAS — Peak, 
transferred to Interstate Circuit. Inc. MID- 
LOTHIAN — Key. transferred to Robert 
Reeves Jr. WIERGATE — Palace, trans- 
ferred to Ira Wallace. KIRBYVILLE— 
Palace, transferred to R. J.' Cooper. JAYTON 
— Kent, transferred to W. L. Alexander. 
JASPER — Uptown, transferred to R. J. 
Cooper. HUGHES SPRINGS — Strand, 
transferred to J. M. Stacey. 

Change in Theater Name 

PELLY— Alamo, (formerly Rio). 


town. KERMIT — Texas. NAVASOTA — 
Dixie. LONG VIEW. Alladin. OVERTON 
—Gem. GARLAND— Gartex. RALLS— 
Crystal. WORTH AM— Worth. KOSSE— 
Palace. LUFKIN— Lincoln. 


CISCO — Ideal. BORGER — American. 
Palace. BRECKENRTDGE — Plaza. 

BRADY — Lyric. BRADY — Ritz. GAL- 
VESTON — Dixie. ODESSA — State. 

— Uptown. MORAN — Ritz. ROXTON 
—Magnolia. SARAGOSA— Texas. WAEL- 
DER— Cove. WEINERT— Rex. 

New Theaters 

CALVERT — Eloa. PARIS — Dixie. 
SUNRAY — Sunray. ROTAN — Ritz. 

— Strand MEDLOTHIAN — Key. LEON- 
TON— Grove. GROESBECK— Royal. 

Change in Ownership 

RICHMOND — Richmond, right name of 
owner J. Morris Godfrey. PRICE — Star, 
transferred to C. E. Huish. 

Change in Ownership 

HOLDEN — Rialto, (formerly Holden) 
transferred to M. Shore. HAMLIN — Palace, 
transferred to Clifford Deane. 

Change in Theater Name 

RAINELLE — Alpine (formerly Rainelle). 
HOLDEN— Rialto (formerly Holden). 


HAMLIN — Palace (formerly Hamlin). 
MORGANTOWN— Morgantown. 

Change in Ownership 

NEILSVILLE — Armory, transferred to 
J. P. Adler. DARLINGTON— Town, (for- 
merly Orpheum) transferred to Mr. H. Day. 


WESTBY— Opera House. 

New Theaters 

Varsity. LaCROSSE— Fifth Ave. 

Change in Ownership 

ENCAMPMENT — Echo, transferred to 
A. B. Harris. 

A Calendar o$ TtaiuM, Tlehaus 

An alphabetical list of English-speaking features released since Sept 10, 1937, together with pictures scheduled for release during the next few 

^^z^ months and pictures, either in production or completed, for which no release dates have been scheduled. Dates after titles are distributor 

release dates; FD: indicates date of FILM DAILY review. Names after review dates are the principal players in the cast. Complete casts 
and production credits are included with FILM DAILY reviews. * indicates Technicolor production. 


Release Date 

Accidents Will Happen (WB) Not Set 

Ronald Reagan, Gloria Blondell 

Action for Slander (UA 1-14-38 

Clive Brook, Margaretta Scott 

Adventure's End (U) 12-5-37 

FD: 11-11-37; John Wayne, Diana Gibson 

♦Adventures of Robin Hood (WB) In Prod. 

Erroll Flynn, Basil Rathbone 

♦Adventures of Tow Sawyer, The (UA) 2-4-3S 

Tommy Kelly, Ted Limes, E. Patterson, W. Bren- 

Adventures of Marco 
Gary Cooper, Sigrid 

Polo (UA). 


Adventurous Blonde ( FN ) 11-13-37 

FD: 11-30-37; Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane 

Alcatraz Island (FN-C) 11-6-37 

John Litel, Ann Sheridan 

Ali Baba Goes to Town (20th-Fox) 10-29-37 

FD: 10-21-37; Eddie Cantor, Louise Hovick 

Angel (Para.) 10-29-37 

FD: 9-17-37; Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Mar- 

Annapolis Salute (RK0) 9-10-37 

FD: 8-17-37; James Ellison, Marsha Hunt 

Another Family Affair (M-G-M) 12-17-37 

Lewis Stone, Cecelia Parker 

Arizona Gunfighter (Rep.) 9-20-37 

FD: 9-24-37; Bob Steele, Jean Carmen 

Arsene Lupin Returns (M-G-M) 2-25-38 

Melvyn Douglas, Warren William 

Awful Truth, The (Col.) 10-21-37 

FD: 10-11-37; Irene Dunne, Cary Grant 

Back in Circulation (FN) 9-25-37 

FD: 7-30-37; Pat O'Brien, Joan Blondell 

Bad Man of Brimstone (M-G-M) 12-31-37 

Wallace Beery, Virginia Bruce 

Baroness and the Butler. The 
William Powell, Annabella 

Barrier, The (Para.) 11-12-37 

FD: 11-6-37; Leo Carrillo, Jean Parker 

Beethoven's Great Love (French M.P. Co.) 
FD: 1-29-37; Harry Baur, Arnie Ducaux 

(20th-Fox). 2-18-38 

Beg, Borrow or Steal (M-G-M) 

FD: 12-2-37; Frank Morgan, Florence 


Behind the Mike (U) 9-26-37 

FD: 11-2-37; Judith Barrett, John King 

Benefits Forgot (M-G-M) 2-11-38 

Walter Huston, Beulah Bondi 

Big Broadcast of 1938 (Para.) 3-4-38 

W. C. Fields, Martha Raye 

Big Town Girl (20th-Fox) 12-3-37 

FD: 11-13-37; Claire Trevor, Donald Woods 

Blondes at Work (WB) Not Set 

Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane 

Blossoms on Broadway (Para.) 11-19-37 

FD: 11-17-37; Edward Arnold, Shirley Ross 

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (Para.) 4-15-38 

Gary Cooper, Claudette Colbert 

Boots and Saddles (Rep.) 10-4-37 

FD: 10-26-37; Gene Autrey, Judith Allen 

Born to the West (Para.) 12-17-37 

John Wayne, Marsha Hunt 

Borneo (20th-Fox) 9-10-37 

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson 

Boss of Lonely Valley (U) 

FD: 12-22-37; Buck Jones. Muriel 


Title Release Date 

Buccaneer, The (Para.) 2-4-38 

FD: 1-11-38; Fredric March, Franciska Gaal 

Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (Para.) 1-7-38 

FD: 12-22-37; John Barrymore, Louise Campbell 

Bulldog Drummond Comes Back 
John Howard, Louise Campbell 

(Para.). .9-24-37 

Peril (Para.) . . . . In Prod. 
Howard, L. Campbell, R. 

Bulldog Drummond's 
J. Barrymore, J. 

Carnival Queen (U) 10-3-37 

Dorothea Kent, Robert Wilcox 

Cassidy of Bar 20 (Para.) 3-11-38 

William Boyd, Nora Lane 

Change of Heart (20th- Fox) 1-14-28 

Gloria Stuart, Michael Whalen 
Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (20th-Fox) .1-21-38 

FD: 11-5-37; Warner Oland, Virginia Field 

Charlie Chan on Broadway (20th-Fox) .. .10-22-37 
FD: 10-18-37; Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Joan 

Checkers (20th-Fox) 2-11-38 

FD: 12-8-37; Jane Withers, Stuart Irwin 

City Girl (20th-Fox) 1-7-38 

FD: 12-29-37; Phyllis Brooks, Ricardo Cortez 

College Swing (Para.) In Prod. 

Martha Raye, Burns & Allen 

Colorado Kid (Rep.) .12-6-37 

FD: 12-11-37; Bob Steele, Marion Weldon 

Conquest (M-G-M) 10-29-37 

FD: 10-26-37; Greta Garbo, Charles Boyer 

Counsel for Crime (Col.) 9-14-37 

FD: 10-18-37; Otto Kruger, Jacqueline Wells 

County Fair (Mono.) 11-24-37 

FD: 11-17-37; John Arledge, Mary Lou Lender 

County Chairman. Re-issue (20th-Fox) . 
Will Rogers, Evelyn Venable 



Lois January 

Courage of the West (U) 

FD: 12-10-37; Bob Baker, 
Crashing Hollywood (RKO) 

FD: 1-8-38: Lee Tracy, Joan Woodbury 

Crime of Dr. Hallett (U) 3-27-3S 

Ralph Bellamy, Barbara Read 

Criminals of the Air (Col.) 4-30-38 

FD: 11-1-37; Charles Quigley, Rosalind Keith 

Damsel in Distress (RKO) 11-19-37 

FD: 11-20-37; Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine 

Danger— Love at Work (20th-Fox) 11-5-37 

FD: 9-30-37; Anne Sothern, Jack Haley 

Danger Patrol (RKO) 12-3-37 

FD: 11-27-37; Sally Eilers, John Beal 

Dangerously Yours (20th-Fox) 11-12-37 

FD: 9-21-37; Cesar Romero, Phyllis Brooks 



(WB) 2-19-38 

Dick Purcell 

Boy of the Streets (Mono) 12-8-37 

FD: 12-2-37; Jackie Cooper, Maureen O'Connor 

Breakfast for Two (RKO) 10-22-37 

FD: 10-7-37; Barbara Stanwyck, Herbert Mar- 

Bride for Henry, A (Mono.) 9-29-37 

FD: 9-27-37; Warren Hull, Anne Nagel 

Bride Wore Red, The (M-G-M) 10-8-37 

FD: 10-12-37; Crawford-Tone- Robert Young 

Bringing Up Baby (RKO) 2-18-38 

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant 

Daughter of Shanghai (Para.) 1-21-38 

FD: 12-21-37: Anna May Wong, Cecil Cunningham 

Dawn to Dusk (Advance) 9-15-37 

Margaret Morris, Bill Edwards 

Dead March (Imp.) 

FD: 8-19-37; Solo Doudauz, Al Rigoli 

Dinner at the Ritz (20th-Fox) 11-26-37 

FD: 12-9-37; Annabella, Paul Lukas 
♦Divorce of Lady X (UA)... 2-18-38 

FD: 1-14-38: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier 
Dr. Rhythm (Para.) 3-25-38 

Bing Crosby, Mary Carlisle 
Dr. Syn (GB) 10-15-37 

FD: 10-21-37; George Arliss, Margaret Lockwood 
Double or Nothing (Para.) 9-17-37 

FD: 8-16-37; Bing Crosby. Martha Raye 
Double Wedding (M-G-M) 10-15-37 

FD: 9-23-37: William Powell, Myrna Loy 

Dude Rancher. The (WB) In Prod. 

Dick Powell. Priscilla Lane 
Duke Comes Back, The (Rep.) 11-29-37 

FD: 12-3-37; Allan Lane, Heather Angel 
*Ebb-Tide (Para.) 12-26-37 

FD: 9-28-37;0scar Homolka, Frances Farmer, 
Ray Milland 
Escape by Night (Rep.) 9-20-37 

FD: 8-31-37; William Hall, Anne Nagel 


Every Day's a 
FD: 12-27-37 

Everybody's Doing It (RKO). 
Sally Eilers, Preston Foster 

Everybody Sing (M-G-M)... 
Judy Garland, Allen Jones 

Evidence (WB) Not Set 

Dick Foran, June Travis 
Exiled to Shanghai (Rep.) 12-20-37 

FD: 12-13-37; Wallace Ford, June Travis 


Release Date 

Holiday (Para.) 1-14-38 

Mae West, Edmund Lowe 




Husbands (WB) 

Roberts, Patric Knowles 

Fanny (M-G-M) 4-1-37 

Wallace Beery, Maureen O'SulIivan 

Federal Bullets (Mono.) 10-30-37 

FD: 10-26-37; Milburn Stone, Terry Walker 

Fifty-Second Street ( U A) 11-19-37 

FD: 11-17-37; Kenny Baker, Pat Patterson 

Fight for Your Lady (RKO) 11-5-37 

FD: 9-28-37; John Boles, Ida Lupino 

Firefly, The (M-G-M) 11-5-37 

FD: 9-2-37; Jeannette MacDonald, Allan Jones 

First Lady (Warner Bros.) 12-4-37 

FD: 9-3-37; Kay Francis, Preston Foster 

Fit for a King (RKO) 10-15-37 

FD: 9-1-37; Joe E. Brown, Helen Mack 

Flight from Glory (RKO) 10-21-37 

FD: 9-17-37; Chester Morris, Whitney Bourne 

Food for Scandal (WB) In Prod. 

Forbidden Valley (U) 2-13-38 

Noah Beery, Jr., Frances Robinson 
Forty-five Fathers (20th-Fox) 11-26-37 

FD: 10-20-37; Jane Withers, Thomas Beck 

Forty Naughty Girls (RKO) 9-24-37 

FD: 9-2-37; James Gleason, ZaSu Pitts 

Gaiety Girls, The (UA) 3-18-38 

Jack Hulbert. Patricia Ellis 

Game that Kills, The (Col.) 9-21-37 

FD: 9-30-37; Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth 

Girl of the Golden West (M-G-M) 3-18-3? 

Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy 
Girl Thief (Times) 

FD: 1-14-38; Marian Marsh, Anthony Bushell 

Girl Was Young, The (GB) 2-17-38 

Nova Pilbeam. Derrick De Marney 

Girl With Ideas, A (U) 11-7-37 

FD: 11-5-37; Wendy Barrie, Walter Pidgeon 

Girls on Probation (WB) 2-5-38 

Dolores Costello, Bonita Granville 
G-Man Under Cover (Col.) 

Don Terry. Jacqueline WeMs 

*Gold Is Where You Find It (WB) In Prod. 

Olivia de Havilland, Georne Brent 

*Goldwyn Follies. The (UA) 3-4-38 

Adolphe Menjou. Ritz Bros.. Zorina 
Great Garrick. The (WB) 10-30-37 

FD: 9-28-37: Brian Aherne, Olivia de Havilland 
Gun Smoke (Para.) Not Set 

William Boyd, Natalie Moorhead 
Happy Landing (20th-Fox) 1-28-38 

Sonja Henie, Don Ameche 

Having Wonderful Time (RK0> 2-18-38 

Ginger Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. 

Hawaiian Buckaroo (20th-Fox) ' 1-14-37 

Smith Ballew. Evalyn Knapp 
Headin' East (Col.) 12-13-37 

FD: 11-27-37; Buck Jones, Ruth Coleman 

Headline Huntress (20th-Fox) 1-14-38 

Gloria Stuart, Michael Whalen 
Heart of Arizona (Para.) 4-8-38 

William Boyd, Natalie Moorhead 
He Couldn't Sav No (WB) Not Set 

Frank McHugh, Jane Wyman 
Heidi (20th-Fox) 10-15-37 

FD: 10-12-37; Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt 
♦Her Jungle Love (Para.) 4-29-38 

Dorothy Lamour, Ray Milland 
Here's Flash Casev (GN) 10-8-37 

FD: 10-20-37: Eric Linden. Boots Mallory 
Heroes of the Alamo (Xydias) 

FD: 8-6-37: Earl Hodgins, Ruth Findlay 
Hinh Flyers (RKO) 11-26-37 

FD: 12-15-37; Wheeler and Woolsey, Lupe Velez 


Release Date 

High, Wide and Handsome (Para.) 10-1-37 

FD: 7-22-37; Irene Dunne, Randolph ScqC\ 
Hitting a New High (RKO) 9-i-yi 

FD: 12-3-37; Lily Pons, John Howard 
Hold 'Em Navy (Para.) 11-5-37 

FD: 10-19-37; Lew Ayres, Mary Carlisle 
Hollywood Hotel (WB) 1-15-38 

FD: 12-27-37; Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane 

Hollywood Roundup (Col.) 11-16-37 

FD: 10-19-37; Buck Jones, Helen Twelvetrees 

Hot and Happy (20th-Fox) 1-28-38 

Sonja Henie, Don Ameche 
House of Mystery (Col.) 

FD: 1-6-38; Jack Holt, Beverly Roberts 

Hurricane, The (UA) 12-24-37 

FD: 11-10-37; Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall 

I Met My Love Again (UA) 2-11-38 

FD: 1-8-38; Joan Bennett, Henry Fonda 

Idol of the Crowds (U) 10-10-37 

FD: 9-30-37; John Wayne, Sheila Bromley 

Illegal Holiday (GB) Not Set 

John Lodge, Margaret Lockwood 

I'll Take Romance (Col.) 12-1-37 

FD: 12-17-37; Grace Moore, Melvyn Douglas 
In Old Chicago (20th-Fox) 

FD: 1-4-38; Tyrone Power, Alice Faye 
International Settlement (20th-Fox) 2-4-38 

Dolores del Rio, George Sanders 
Invisible Menace (WB) 1-22-38 

Boris Karloff, Marie Wilson 

It's Love I'm After (FN) 11-20-37 

FD: 7-30-37; Leslie Howard, Bette Davis 

Jones Family in Borrowing Trouble, The 

(20th-Fox) 12-10-37 

FD: 10-26-37; Jed Prouty, Shirley Deane 

Jones Family in Hot Water, The (20th-Fox) .9-24-37 
FD: 11-10-37; Jed Prouty, Shirley Deane 

Jones Family in Love 


FD: 1-10-38; Jed Prouty, Shirley Deane 
Josette (20th-Fox) 4-1-38 

Simone Simon, Don Ameche 
Judge Priest (20th-Fox) Reissue 11-12-37 

Will Rogers, Anita Louise 
Jury's Secret, The (U) 1-16-38 

Kent Taylor, Fay Wray 
Kid Comes Back, The (WB) 2-19-38 

Barton MacLane, June Travis 
King of the Sierras (GN) 10-1-37 

Rex and Sheik (trained horses) 
Lady Behave (Rep.) 1-5-38 

FD: 12-22-37; Sally Eilers, Neil Hamilton 
Lady Fights Back, The (U) 9-19-37 

FD: 11-10-37; Kent Taylor, Irene Hervey 

Lancer Spy (20th-Fox) 10-8-37 

FD: 10-5-37; Dolores del Rio, G. Sanders, P. 

Land Beyond the Law (WB) 3-13-37 

Dick Foran 

Last Gangster, The (M-G-M) 11-12-37 

FD: 11-9-37; Edward G. Robinson, Rose Stradner 

Laughing Senor (20th-Fox) 12-10-37 

Smith Ballew 

Law for Tombstone (U) 1010-37 

Buck Jones, Muriel Evans 
Life Begins in College (20th-Fox) 10-1-37 

Ralph Forbes, Ben Alexander 

Lights Out (RKO) In Prod. 

Lee Tracy, Joan Woodbury 

Life Begins With Love (Col.) 10-7-37 

Jean Parker, Douglas Montgomery 
Life of Emile Zola. The (WB) 10-2-37 

FD: 7-2-37; Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard 
Live, Love and Learn (M-G-M) 10-22-37 

FD: 10-20-37; Robert Montgomery, Rosalind 

Living on Love (RKO) 11-12-37 

FD: 11-1-37; Whitney Bourne, James Dunn 
Lone Wolf in Paris, The (Col.) 

Francis Lederer, Frances Drake 

Look Out for Love (GB) 12-24-37 

Anna Nagle, Tullio Carminati 

A Calendar o$ Feature JleUase* 

Title Release Date 

Look Out, Mr. Moto (20th-Fox) 3-25-38 

Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson 
Love and Hisses (20th-Fox) 12-31-37 

FD: 12-22-37; Walter Winchell, Ben Bernie, 
Simone Simon 

Love__a Headache (M-G-M) 2-4-38 

Fl ~jl3-38; Gladys George, Franchot Tone 

Love is on the Air (WB) 10-2-37 

Ronald Reagan, June Travis 

Love on Toast (Para.) 12-10-37 

John Payne, Stelle Ardler 

Luck of Roaring Camp (Mono.) 10-15-37 

Owen Davis, Jr., Joan Woodbury 

Mad About Music (U) 3-6-38 

Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall 

Madame X (M-G-M) 10-1-37 

FD: 9-27-37; Gladys George, Warren William 

Making the Headlines (Col.) 

Jack Holt, Beverly Roberts 

Mama Runs Wild (Rep.) 1-19-38 

FD: 12-22-37; Mary Boland, Ernest Truex 

Man-Proof (M-G-M) 1-7-38 

FD: 1-11-38; Myrna Loy, Franchot Tone, R. 

Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (Rep.) 11-13-37 

FD: 11-11-37; Leo Carrillo, Ann Dvorak 

Mannequin (M-G-M) 1-28-38 

FD: 12-29-37; Joan Crawford, Spencer Tracy 

Melody of the Plains (Spectrum) 

FD: 4-2-37; Fred Scott, Louise Small 

Merrily We Live (M-G-M) 3-11-38 

Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne 

Merry-Go-Round of 1938 (U) 11-24-37 

FD: 10-26-37; Joy Hodges, John King, Bert Lahr 

Midnight Intruder (U) 2-6-38 

Louis Hayward. Barbara Read 

Mile a Minute Love (Ace) 

FD: 4-6-37; William Blakewell, Arietta Duncan 

Million Dollar Racket (Victory) 

FD: 11-15-37; Herman Brix, Joan Barclay 

Missing Witnesses (WB) 12-11-37 

FD: 12-14-37; John Litel, Jean Dale 

Mountains Are My Kingdom (U) 2-13-38 

Noah Beery, Jr. 

Mr. Boggs Steps Out (GN) 11-12-37 

Stuart Erwin, Helen Chandler 

Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (20th-Fox) 12-24-37 

Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson 

Murder in Greenwich Village (Col.) 10-16-37 

FD: 11-3-37; Fay Wray, Richard Arlen 

Murder on Diamond Row (UA) 12-10-37 

FD: 11-15-37; Edmund Lowe, Tamara Desni 

Music for Madame (RKO) 10-1-37 

FD: 9-15-37; Nino Martini, Joan Fontaine 

My Dear Miss Aldrich (M-G-M) 9-17-37 

FD: 10-13-37; Edna May Oliver, Walter Pidgeon 

Nation Aflame (Treasure Picts.) 

FD: 10-20-37; Noel Madison, Norma Trelvar 

Navy Blue and Gold (M-G-M) 11-19-37 

FD: 11-17-37; Robert Young, Florence Rice 

Night Club Scandal (Para.) 11-19-37 

FD: 10-21-37; John Barrymore, Louise Campbell 

Non-Stop New York (GB) 11-17-37 

FD: 10-7-37; Anna Lee, John Loder 

♦Nothing Sacred (UA) 11-26-37 

FD: 11-24-37; Carole Lombard, Fredric March 

*0ld Barn Dance, The (Rep.) 

FD: 1-10-38; Gene Autry, Helen Valkis 

Old Wyoming Trail, The (Col.) 11-8-37 

Charles Starrett, Barbara Weeks 

One Hundred Men and a Girl (U) 9-12-37 

FD: 9-3-37; Deanna Durbin, A. Menjou, M. Auer 

Outlaws of the Prairie (Col.) 12-31-37 

Charles Starrett, Iris Meredith 

Over the Goal (FN) 10-16-37 

FD: 10-20-37; William Hopper, June Travis 

Title Release Date 

Over the Wall (WB) Not Set 

John Litel, June Travis 

Paid to Dance (Col.) 11-4-37 

FD: 12-11-37; Don Terry, Jacqueline Wells 

Paroled — to Die (Rep.) 

FD: 1-11-38; Bob Steele, Kathleen Eliot 

Paradise for Three (M-G-M) 1-14-38 

F. Morgan, R. Young, Mary Astor 

Partners in Crime ( Para.) 10-8-37 

FD: 9-8-37; Lynne Overman, Muriel Hutchinson 

Partners of the Plains (Para.) 1-28-38 

FD: 12-9-37; William Boyd, Gwen Gaze 

Patient in Room 18 (WB) 1-8-38 

Ann Sheridan, Patric Knowles 

Penitentiary (Col.) 1-17-38 

Walter Connolly, Jean Parker 

Penrod and His Twin Brother (WB) 2-26-28 

Mauch Twins 

Perfect Specimen, The (FN) 10-23-37 

FD: 9-28-37; Errol Flynn, Joan Blondell 

Portia on Trial (Rep.) 11-8-37 

FD: 11-5-37; Frieda Inescort, Walter Abel 

Prairie Thunder (FN) 9-11-37 

Dick Foran, Ellen Clancy 

Prescription for Romance (U) 12-12-37 

FD: 12-21-37; Wendy Barrie, Kent Taylor 

Quick Money (RKO) 12-10-37 

Fred Stone, Dorothy Vaughn 

Rage of Paris, The (U) ...In Prod 

Danielle Darrieux 

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (20th- Fox) . .3-18-38 
Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott • 

Red Lights Ahead (Chesterfield) 

FD: 9-29-37; Andy Clyde, Lucile Gleason 

Red Mill, The (M-G-M) In Prod. 

Allan Jones, Delia Lind 

Renfrew of the Royal Mounted (GN) 10-1-37 

FD: 10-13-37; James Newill, Carol Hughes 

Return of Raffles ( Invincible) In Prod 

Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (UA) .. .3-25-38 
Sophie Stewart. Barry Barnes 

Ridin' the Lone Trail (Rep.) 11-1-37 

FD: 10-28-37; Bob Steel, Claire Rochelle 

River of Unrest, The (GB) 1-10-38 

FD: 8-18-37; John Loder, Antoinette Cellier 

Road Show (M-G-M) In Prod 

J. Barrymore, 0. Hardy, P. Kelly, L. Roberti 

Roll Along, Cowboy (20th-Fox) 10-8-37 

Smith Ballew, Cecilia Parker 

Romance in the Dark (Para.) 2-18-38 

Swarthout-Boles-J. Barrymore 

Rosalie (M-G-M) 12-24-37 

FD: 12-22-37; Eleanor Powell. Nelson Eddy 

Sailing Along (GB) 1-20-38 

Jessie Matthews 

Sally, Irene and Mary (20th-Fox) 3-4-38 

Alice Faye, Fred Allen 

Saturday's Heroes (RKO) 10-8-37 

FD: 10-18-37; Van Heflin, Marian Marsh 

Scandal Street (Para.) 2-11-38 

Lew Ayres, Louise Campbell 

Second Honeymoon (20th-Fox) 11-19-37 

FD: 11-11-37; Loretta Young, Tyrone Power 

Sergeant Murphy (WB) 1-1-38 

Ronald Reagan, Mary Maguire 

Sez O'Reilly to McNab (GB) 11-20-37 

Will Fyffe, Will Mahoney 

Sh! The Octopus (WB) 12-11-37 

FD: 12-28-37; Hugh Herbert, Marcia Ralston 

Shadow, The (Col.) 12-9-37 

FD: 12-22-37; Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth 

She Asked for It (Para.) 9-10-37 

FD: 8-30-37; Wm. Gargan, 0. Heyward, V 

Title Release Date 

She Loved a Fireman (WB) 12-18-37 

Dick Foran, Ann Sheridan 

She's Got Everything (RKO) 12-31-37 

FD: 1-14-38; Ann Sothern, Gene Raymond 

She Shall Have Music (Imp.) 

FD: 11-29-30; June Clyde, Jack Hylton 

Singing Outlaw, The ( U ) 1-23-38 

Bob Baker 
Some Blondes Are Dangerous (U) 11-28-37 

FD: 11-5-37; William Gargan, Dorothea Kent 
*Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (RKO-Disney) . 

FD: 12-27-37. Animated Cartoon Feature. 

Sophie Lang Goes West (Para.) 9-10-37 

G. Michael, B. Borland, S. Storme 

Spanish Earth (Cont. Historians) 

FD: 8-27-37 
Spirit of Youth (GN) 1-20-38 

FD: 12-30-37; Joe Louis, Edna Mae Harris 
Springtime in the Rockies (Rep.) 11-15-37 

FD: 12-23-37; Gene Autry, Polly Rowles 

Spy Ring, The (U) 1-2-38 

William Hall, Jane Wyman 
Squadron "B" (Advance) 11-1-37 

Bill Edwards, Margaret Morris 

Squadron of Honor (Col.) 1-20-38 

Don Terry, Mary Russell 

Stage Door (RKO) 10-8-37 

FD: 9-13-37; Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, 
B. Meredith 

Stand in (UA)...' 10-29-37 

FD: 10-5-37; Leslie Howard, Joan Blondell 

Stars Over Arizona (Mono.) 9-22-37 

FD: 10-2-37; Jack Randall, Kathleen Eliot 

Start Cheering (Col.) 2-4-38 


Stolen Honeymoon (RKO) In Prod. 

Ginger Rogers, Charles Boyer 

Storm in a Teacup (UA) 2-25-38 

FD: 11-18-37; V. Leigh, R. Harrison, Sara 

Submarine D-l (FN) 11-27-37 

FD: 11-18-37; Pat O'Brien, Doris Weston 

Such Women Are Dangerous (20th-Fox) . . . In Prod. 
Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy 

Sudden Bill Dorn (U) 11-10-37 

FD: 1-6-38; Buck Jones, Evelyn Brent 

Swing It, Professor (Amb.) 

FD: 11-13-37; Pinky Tomlin, Paula Stone 

Swing it, Sailor (GN) 11-5-37 

FD: 11-8-37; Wallace Ford, Isabel Jewell 

*Swing Your Lady (WB) 

FD: 1-10-38; Humphrey Bogart. Louise Fazenda 

Take It Easy (Roach) In Prod. 

Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne 

Tarzan's Revenge (20th-Fox) 1-7-38 

FD: 1-13-38; Glenn Morris, Eleanor Holm 

Telephone Operator (Mono.) 9-30-37 

Judith Allen, Grant Withers 

Test Pilot (M-G-M) 3-25-38 

Gable, Loy, Tracy, L. Barrymore 

Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts (GN) 10-15-37 

FD: 12-2-37; Tex Ritter, Marjorie Reynolds 

Texas Trail (Par.) 11-26-37 

FD: 10-12-37; William Boyd, Judith Allen 

Thank You, Mr. Moto (20th-Fox) 12-24-37 

FD: 11-26-37; Peter Lorre, Jayne Regan 

That Certain Woman (WB) 9-11-37 

FD: 8-2-37; Bette Davis, Henry Fonda 

That's My Story (U) 10-24-37 

Claudia Morgan, William Lundigan 

There Goes the Groom (RKO) 10-29-37 

FD: 10-12-37; Burgess Meredith, Ann Sothern 

They Won't Forget (FN) 10-9-37 

FD: 6-14-37; Claude Rains, Gloria Dickson 

This is My Wife (M-G-M) In Prod. 

Josephine Hutchinson, Cliff Edwards 

This Way, Please (Para.) 10-15-37 

FD: 9-15-37; Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Betty 

Title Release Date 

Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (M-G-M) 11-26-37 

FD: 11-24-37; Mickey Rooney, Sophie Tucker 

Thrill of a Lifetime (Para.) 1-21-38 

FD: 11-10-37; Leif Erikson, Betty Grable 

Thunder Trail (Para.) 10-22-37 

FD: 11-22-37; Gilbert Roland, Marsha Hunt 

Tough to Handle (Conn) 

Frankie Darrow, Kane Richmond 

Tovarich (Warner Bros.) 12-25-37 

FD: 12-4-37; Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer 

Trapped by G-Men (Col.) 10-27-37 

Ken Maynard 

FD: 9-9-37; Jack Holt, Wynne Gibson (Re- 
viewed under title of "River of Missing Men") 

Trigger Trio, The (Rep.) 10-18-37 

FD: 10-22-37; The Three Mesquiteers 

Troopship ( UA-Korda) Not Set 

Leslie Banks, Flora Robson 

Trouble at Midnight (U) 10-17-37 

Noah Beery, Jr., Catherine Hughes 

True Confession (Para.) 12-24-37 

FD: 11-22-37; Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray 

Two M inutes to Play (Vic) 

FD: 10-16-37; Herman Brix, Jean Martel 

Uncivilized (B.O. Attract.) Not Set 

FD: 11-18-37; Dennis Hoey, Margot Rhys 

Under Suspicion (Col.) 12-16-37 

FD: 11-22-37; Jack Holt, Kathryn de Mille 

Victoria the Great (RKO) 11-12-37 

FD: 9-17-37; Anton Walbrook, Anna Neagle 

Walking Down Broadway (20th-Fox) 3-11-38 

Phyllis Brooks, Michael Whalen 

Wallaby Jim of the Islands (GN) 9-24-37 

FD: 10-12-37; George Houston 

* Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938 ( U A) . .9-17-37 
FD: 8-7-37; Joan Bennett, Warner Baxter 

Wells Fargo (Para.) 1-14-37 

FD: 12-7-38; Joel McCrea, Frances Dee 

West of Shanghai (FN) 10-30-37 

FD: 11-1-37; Boris Karloff, Beverly Roberts 

Westland Case (U) 10-31-37 

FD: 9-28-37; Preston Foster, Frank Jenks 

What Price Vengeance (Rialto Prods.) 

FD: 4-2-37; Lyle Talbot, Wendy Barrie 

Where Trails Divide (Mono.) 10-13-37 

FD: 10-18-37; Tom Keene, Eleanor Stewart 

Who Killed Gail Preston (Col.) In Prod. 

Don Terry, Wyn Cahoon 

Wife, Doctor and Nurse (20th-Fox) 9-17-37 

FD: 9-8-37; Loretta Young, W. Baxter, V. Bruce 

Wild Innocence (H. Garfield) Not Set 

FD: 11-17-37; Brian Abbott, Wendy Munro 

Wild and Wooly (20th-Fox) 9-10-37 

FD: 7-19-37; Jane Withers, Walter Brennan 

Wine, Women and Horses (WB) 9-11-37 

FD: 10-37; Ann Sheridan, Barton MacLane 

Wise Girl (RKO) 12-31-37 

FD: 12-23-37; Miriam Hopkins, Ray Milland 

Women Are Like That (WB) In Prod. 

Kay Francis, Pat O'Brien 

Women in Prison (Col.) 1-1-38 

Wyn Cahoon, Scott Colton 

Women Men Marry, The (M-G-M) 9-10-37 

George Murphy, Josephine Hutchinson 

Women With Wings (20th-Fox) 12-24-37 

Rochelle Hudson, Joan Marsh 

Wrong Road, The (Rep.) 10-11-37 

FD: 9-23-37; Richard Cromwell, Helen Mack 

Yank at Oxford, A (M-G-M) ...2-18-38 

Robert Taylor, Maureen O'Sullivan 

You and Me (Para.) In Prod. 

George Raft, Sylvia Sidney 

Young Dynamite (Conn) 

FD: 12-15-37; Frankie Darro, Kane Richmond 

You're a Sweetheart ( U ) 12-26-37 

FD: 12-14-37; Alice Faye, George Murphy 

You're Only Young Once (M-G-M) 12-10-37 

Lewis Stone, Cecilia Parker 

Youth on Parole (Rep.) 10-4-37 

FD: 10-7-37; Marian Marsh, Gordon Oliver 


EVERY one of the "Ten Best Pictures" 
selected in the 1937 critics' poll of the 
Film Daily was "shot" on Eastman Super 
X Panchromatic Negative .... Release 
prints for all ten were made on Eastman 
Positive .... An impressive double dem- 
onstration of Eastman's current contribu- 
tions to motion picture quality. Eastman 
Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y. (J. E. 
Brulatour, Inc., Distributors, Fort Lee, 
Chicago, Hollywood.) 

EASTMAN Positive and 
Super X Negative 


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VC—J73, NO. 13 



Warner Sales Head Asks Exhibs. Eliminate Giveaways 


Picture Theaters Using Vaudeville Show Slight Gains 

Local Polls 

. . . what they show 


kyjOTION picture commentators, writing 
[" in the daily press during the last 
10 days, have pointed out that the "Ten 
Best" of 1937, as determined by the 16th 
annual FILM DAILY national poll, were 
endowed with that blessed quality called 
"box office" to a marked degree. 

Elaborating upon that thesis, the fact 
has been stressed that the critics and 
reviewers, more than ever before perhaps, 
have struck a popular chord in their cine- 
matic judgment, and that the long-pre- 
vailing tendency to wholly respond to 
other factors has been tempered. 


VA/HICH is cause for satisfaction, sure- 
" * ly. However, it seems to this side- 
line observer that there is another obvious 
conclusion of at least equal importance, 
particularly in view of the revealing con- 
sensus of local polls published on Page 5 
today. That conclusion is this: 

Hollywood finally has demonstrated its 
mastery of the formula that skillfully 
blends art and popular entertainment, and 
has found not only the nation's profession- 
al critics but its vast mass picture audi- 
ence generously responsive. 

In this connection, your attention is 
directed to the fact that eight of the ten 
pictures voted outstanding in the national 
poll finished among the first ten in the 
local symposium consensus; that all of the 
22 pictures on the consolidated local list 
were included among the first 27 in the 
national poll; that the two exceptions in 
the national poll were among the first 15 
in the consolidated list, and that the two 
exceptions in the consolidated "Best Ten" 
were 15th and 18th, respectively, in the 
national poll. 


THE statement that Hollywood', the critics 
' and fandom found a common view- 
point in 1937 thus seems fully warranted. 

If further substantiation is desired, there 
is the fact that the first six pictures on 
the national "Best Ten" are the first six 
(although in different running order) on 
the local poll consensus. 

Development of the local poll move- 
(Continued on Page 2) 

Gradual and Cautious Expan- 
sion of "Flesh" Bookings 

In the face of an apparent de- 
mand for return of stage shows, 
instanced by late 1937 polls in St. 
Louis and other quarters, gradual 
and cautious expansion in that di- 
rection is under way, a check-up 
yesterday revealed. 

RKO will begin vaudeville at the 
Palace, Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, 

(Continued on Page 5) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The SEC semi- 
monthly report, issued today, re- 
veals that E. V. Richards, of New 
Orleans has acquired 1,400 shares 
of Paramount Pictures 6 p.c. con- 
vertible second preferred from the 
Rochelle Investment Corp., which 

(Continued on Page 4) 

20th-Fox Foreign Biz. 

Going Ahead, Say Execs. 

"Foreign business of 20th-Fox is 
not only holding its gains, but is im- 
proving steadily, and we expect 1938 
to shatter the records that were 
set last year," was the joint opin- 

(Continued on Page 5) 

the week in 


New UA Deal 


In the wake of Monday's report 
that the Selznick-Metro deal was 
again "cold," with the stumbling 
block inferentially declared to be 
the insistence of SI that its product 
be sold separately, a move by 
David 0. Selznick and John Hay 
Whitney to acquire, if possible, the 
Fairbanks - Chaplin-Pickford inter- 
ests in UA, was forecast by au- 
thoritative sources in Hollywood. 
Closing of such a deal within 90 
days was held to be entirely rea- 

Almost coincident with the SI- 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Ohio Legislative Row 

Imperils Admish Tax 

Columbus, O. — Released from one 
legislative obstruction, the Ohio ad- 
missions-utility-beverage tax bill for 
poor relief was promptly caught in 
another which again threatened final 
passage of the measure, which re- 
allocates the state's admission tax 
for relief needs, and re-enacts taxes 
on utilities and beer. 

The first jam was broken when 

(Continued on Page 12) 

Grad Sears, Blasting Use of Games, 
Appeals for Return to Showmanship 

Attack on Pa. 44-Hr. Law 
In Harrisburg Court Today 

Harrisburg, Pa. — Hearing of tes- 
timony in the 44-hour week law, 
contested by nearly 700 business 
firms and industries in Pennsyl- 
vania, will be started today in 
Dauphin County Court after the 

(Continued on Page 4) 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Demand that exhibs. 
stop degrading their theaters with 
"destructive giveaways" and "coun- 
try stores" and "turkey nights" and 
instead "keep faith with Hollywood" 
by "plugging the pictures they are 
playing," was voiced here by Grad 

(Continued on Page 5) 

Film Board of Trade Lists 761 

Circuit Theaters, 

439 Indies 

Of the 1,200 theaters in the 
Metropolitan territory, 1,081 are in 
operation and 119 are closed, ac- 
cording to the directory issued to- 
day by the New York Film Board 
of Trade. The Metropolitan terri- 
tory is composed of New York 
City, Long Island, New York state 
south of Kingston and New Jersey 
north of Trenton. Total seating 

(Continued on Page 12) 


Annual meeting of Allied's board 
of directors which opens tomorrow 
at the Carlton Hotel, Washington, 
D. C, has a full calendar of events, 
according to the program issued 
Saturday from the Washington 
headquarters. Sessions are sched- 
uled to get under way at 10:30 to- 
morrow morning and will run until 
Wednesday afternoon. 

First day's program includes, 

(Continued on Page 12) 

No Congressional Grant 

For Film Probe — Kramer 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington, D. C. — The motion 
picture industry fought back to the 
charge of monopoly on Capitol Hill 
Saturday as Hollywood's congress- 
man, Charles Kramer, the industry's 

(Continued on Page 8) 

"Oop Sorry!' 9 

Proving to New Yorkers that Holly- 
woodites are masters of the graceful 
exit and the bon mot, Fredric March, 
Florence Eldridge, his wife, and John 
Cromwell withdrew their play, "Yr 
Obedient Husband" with a New Yorker 
cartoon as a New York Times ad Satur- 
day captioned "Oop — sorry" and pic- 
turing a trapeze artist missing his 
partner's outstretched arms. 

Monday, Jan. 17,1938 

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Columbia Picts. pfd 

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Warner's 6s39 78ft 78ft 78ft 


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Monogram Ficts. . . 2ft 2ft 2ft + ft 

Sonotone Corp 1% i7/ 8 1 % + , /8 

Technicolor 203/ 4 19ft 20 ( ft + 1 

Trans-Lux 3 3 3 

Universal Picts 


Pathe Film 7 pfd Bid Asked 

Fox Thea. Bldg. 6fts 1st '36 
Loew's Thea. Bldg. 6s 1st '47.. 
Met. Playhouse, Inc. 5s '43 
Roxy Thea. Bldg. 6fts 1st '43 

RKO Confabs Ending 

Wind-up of Coast RKO conferences 
is expected daily with Floyd Odium, 
Atlas Corp. head, Andrew Christianson', 
head of Irving Trust Co. receivership 
dept.; and O. C. Doering, of receiver's 
counsel, slated to return to New York 
Thursday or Friday. 

H The Broadway Parade @ 

Picture and Distributor Theater 

Wells Fargo (Paramount Pictures) — 3rd week Faramount 

Man-Proof (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) Capitol 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (RKO-Disney) Music Hall 

Hollywood Hotel (First National Pictures) Strand 

The Hurricane (UA-Coldwyn) (b) Rivoli 

I Met My Love Again (UA-Wanger) Roxy 

She's Got Everything (RKO Radio) Criterion 

The Spy Ring ( Universal Pictures) Rialto 

Headin' East (Columbia Pictures) (a) Central 

Man Hunters of the Caribbean (Syndicate Pictures) (a) Central 

Submarine D-l (Warner Bros.) (a-b) Palace 

Merry-Go-Round of 1938 (Universal Pictures) (a-b) Palace 

Tarzan's Revenge (20th Century-Fox) — 2nd week Clobe 


In Old Chicago (20th Century-Fox) — 2nd week Astor 


Mayerling (Fax Film) — 18th week Filmarte 

Life and Loves of Beethoven (World Pictures) — 9th week 55th St. Playhouse 

Peter the First (Amkino) — 4th week Cameo 

The Cantor's Son (Eron I ictures) — 4th week Squire 

En Saga (Nordisk Film) — 2nd week Continental 

Intermezzo (Amer. Tobis) — 2nd week Cinema de Paris 

Amphitryon 39 (Cods at Play) (Globe Film Distrib.)— 3rd week (a) World 

Ariane (Clobe Film Distrib. Co.) (a) World 

Halka (Star Film Co.) Belmont 


Albero d'Adamo (Cine Lux Corp.) — Jan. 18 Cine Roma 

Border Town (Warner Bros.) — Jan. 19 Criterion 

She Loved a Fireman (Warner Bros.) — Jan. 21 Rialto 

Love and Hisses (20th Century-Fox) — Jan. 21 (a-b) Palace 

First Lady (Warner Bros. Pictures) — Jan. 21 (a) Palace 

Helene (French M. P. Co.) — Jan. 21 Cinema de Paris 

The Dybbuk (Irving Geist) — Jan. 21 Continental 

Happy Landing (20th Century-Fox) — Jan. 21 Roxy 

The Marriage Tie (Star Film Co.) — Jan. 23 Belmont 

Life Dances On (Un Carnet de Bal) (AFE Corp.) — Feb. 8 Belmont 

Every Day's a Holiday ( Faramount Pictures) — Jan. 19 Paramount 

Swing Your Lady (Warner Bros. Pictures) (c) Strand 

The Goldwyn Follies (UA-Coldwyn) (c) Rivoli 

Mannequin (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) (c) Capitol 

Young Pushkin (Amkino) (c) Cameo 

Affairs of Maupassant (Gallic Pictures) (c) Filmarte 

Kathleen (J. H. Hoffberg) (c) Squire 

(a) Dual bill, (b) Subsequent run. (c) Follows current bill. 

Local Polls 

. . . what they show 

(Continued from Page 1) 

merit, spanning more than a decade, has 
been a most interesting feature of the 
annual national survey. The results have 
been gratifying, and the enhanced signifi- 
cance this year will not be missed by an 
appreciative and sensitive industry. 

Negotiations Start For 

Distribution of "Women' 

Harry Goetz and Max Gordon, 
producers of the stage hit, "The 
Women," have opened negotiations 
with several major companies for 
the distribution of the film version 
of the play which Goetz and Gordon 
will produce next summer. The 
picture will be included in the 1938- 
39 program of a major producer. 

A deal is pending with Gregory 
La Cava to direct "The Women." 
It is understood that La Cava wants 
a two-picture deal with Goetz and 
Gordon and that an agreement will 
be reached when a suitable story 
can be found for the second picture. 

It is reported that M-G-M would 
like to have "The Women" for 
Norma Shearer, while Paramount 
is seeking the vehicle for Claudette 

"Gone With the Wind" Case 
Decision Not Yet 1 Rendered 

Atlanta, Ga. — Following argu- 
ment Friday, Superior Judge Paul 
S. Etheridge has under considera- 
tion application for permanent in- 
junction restraining Ted Toddy, 
producer of a travelogue, "Gone 
With the Wind Country," from using 
title, which Selznick Pictures, Inc., 
contends violates its rights to title 
of Margaret Mitchell's best-seller. 

corninc Ano coinc 


HARRY M. WARNER leaves the Coast today 
for New York. 

FLOYD B. ODLUM, head of Atlas Corp., is 
due back from the Coast later this week. 

AL LICHTMAN, M-G-M executive, is<#. «d- 
uled to arrive in New York today. 

ceivership head, and O. C. DOERINC, counsel 
for receiver, are slated to arrive in New 
York late this week. 

WESLEY RUGGLES, Paramount director, leaves 
London soon for this country to return to studio 
for work on next directorial assignment. 

FRED KOHLMAR, casting director for Samuel 
Goldwyn, arrived from the Coast yesterday. 

S. CHARLES EINFELD, director of publicity 
and advertising for Warners, leaves the Coast 
today for a three weeks' stay in New York. 

WHITNEY BOURNE has returned to the 
Coast after a New York vacation. 

CRADWELL L. SEARS, Warners general sales 
manager, is due in New York this week from 
the Coast. 

CEORGE BRENT is scheduled to leave the 
Coast this week for a New York trip. 

CLAIRE TREVOR, 20th-Fox star, is scheduled 
to arrive in New York today. 

HAROLD HURLEY, Paramount executive pro- 
ducer, arrives in New York this week from the 

MATT BROOKS, RKO writer, has returned 
to the Coast. 

M|TZI GREEN goes to HoNywood next 
month for parts in two new films. 

PERCY CROSBY and his wife are staying at 
the Waldorf-Astoria. 

AL TRAHAN has returned to the Coast. 

CLAUDETTE COLBERT sailed Saturday for a 
three months' vacation in Europe. 

Hays Tonight to Receive 

Poor Richard Club Medal 

Eleanor Powell, Ray Bolger 
To Attend President's Ball 

Washington, D. C. — Eleanor 
Powell and Ray Bolger, dancing 
stars of "Rosalie" will attend the 
President's Birthday Ball here, 
Richmond B. Keech, executive vice- 
chairman announced today. 

M-G-M wired acceptance of in- 
vitation for Powell and Bolger yes- 
terday. Janet Gaynor and Tommy 
Kelly, boy star of "Tom Sawyer" 
have also promised to attend. 

Meredith Not a Candidate 

Burgess Meredith, acting chief of 
Actors Equity, has decided not to 
be a candidate for permanent presi- 
dent of the organization at the June 
election, according to a signed article 
in latest issue of the group's maga- 



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Will Hays tonight will receive the 
Poor Richard's Club gold medal of 
achievement in behalf of the motion 
picture industry at the 33rd annual 
dinner of the organization at the 
Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Phila- 
delphia. The medal is being given 
in recognition of the advancement 
and progress of the industry. 

Hays will deliver an address on 
the subject of "What's Right With 
America" from the banquet floor, 
the speech being broadcast over 
KYW in Philadelphia only. Approxi- 
mately 1,500 persons are expected 
to attend the affair, many of them 
prominent people in the picture busi- 


mr *,pe of the snmi 

standing 'em in line. They say 'EVERY DAY'S A HOLIDAY'S' 
the best of the Wests and 'THE BUCCANEER' is knocking 
'em dead in New Orleans. Two big ones a month for the 

next seven months! 



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TO j3ift«- 

: |^ ,, V DAILY 

Monday, Jan. 17,1938 


(Continued from Page 1) 

now holds 3,600 shares. The acqui- 
sition represents Richards' total 

Edward J. Peskay of Grand Na- 
tional Films, Inc., reported acqui- 
sition of 950 shares $1 par common 
as compensation and transfer of 
the same amount to a trust. He still 
holds 300 shares. 

An October report by George H. 
Robinson, of Trans-Lux Corpora- 
tion reveals that he added 2,200 
shares of common to his holdings 
through a transfer making a total 
holding of 5,150 shares. Robinson 
also filed an amended report for 
1935 showing he held 2,950 shares 
of common and 5,000 additional 
shares through a joint account. 

In August, 1937, it was reported 
that Chase National Bank of New 
York City held 181,213 shares of 
General Theaters Equipment Corp. 
common stock and the same amount 
in July, 1937. The bank disposed 
of 600 General Theaters Equip- 
ment Corp. subscription warrants 
in July, 1937, still holding 2,365 
and later disposed of that amount 
in August, 1937. 

Attack on Pa. 44-Hr. Law 
In Harrisburg Court Today 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

State Supreme Court last week re- 
fused to hear the case stai'ted by 
Holgate Brothers Manufacturing 
Co., Kane, until opposing attorneys 
can agree upon facts to be submit- 
ted for a test. 

In view of this situation, it would 
be necessary to have a preliminary 
hearing in the lower court, accord- 
ing to Attorney General Charles J. 
Margiotti, who said he would make 
an attempt to have the attorneys 
agree on as many points as possible 
and thresh oat the others at the 

Sterling G. McNees, counsel for 
Holgate Brothers, said "we do not 
have a complete case at hand, and 
we will submit our case as it pre- 
sents itself." He also remarked 
that "We will never reach the end 
if all the intervenors would attempt 
to introduce testimony." 


Best wishes from The Film Daily to 

the following on their birthday: 

Carl Laemmle Patsy Ruth Miller 

Noah Beery Nils Asther 

Grant Withers Mack Sennett 

Harmon Yaffa 

with PHIL M. DALY 

• • • AT LAST a real service to movie Jans on one of these 

radio programs that are so prone to imitate one another and bog down 
into a tiresome routine that makes them all sound more or less alike 

a Film-Finding Service given by Sidney Kaufman on his 

program, "Cinema Comment" which zooms over the ether waves 

via WQXR on Mondays at 9:45 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • BY ARRANGEMENT with film booking offices, Kauf- 
man gets the line-up of bookings in the metropolitan area, and 
can advise inquirers where they can see the particular picture 

they want requests so far have come from listeners who 

want to see old favorites, or those who missed pix during the 
original runs It is interesting to note that nearly all appli- 
cants for the service recalled the name of the director of the de- 
sired film, rather than the actors the Interstate Broadcasting 

Company claims this film-finding service is the only one of its 

kind on the air but the copy-cat school of the studios will 

soon remedy that 

▼ T T 

• • • SELL-OUT already the demand for tickets for that long 

touted Maurice "Red" Kann Round-Up and Barbecue makes it look like 

an Overflow the Dinner Committee, with Howard Dietz acting as 

chairman, and all the Number One ad and pub men of the major com- 
panies on his committee has selected Wednesday nite, January 

26, as the time the place being the Belvedere Room of the Hotel 

Astor tickets can be secured at any major company home office 

if you hurry everybody who is Somebody will be there 

for this li'l bronze-domed dynamo sure is the Tops wherever film 

folks foregather to discuss who's who and why in pictures seems 

kinder foolish even to review what everybody knows but for the 

record, "Mister Kann left the editorship of the Motion Picture Daily to 

become editor-in-chief of Boxoffice having absorbed his editorial 

training originally under the tutelage of the late and loved Joe Dannen- 
berg. editor of the FILM DAILY 

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• • • SMART SHOWMEN the Akron ITOA of the 

Ohio city they have asked the two daily newspapers in their 

town to tone down their ads on sex pix both, papers have 

agreed to co-operate with the theaters a statement from J. 

G. Deetjen, secretary of the Association, said: "Sensational ad- 
vertising of certain types of pictures is injurious to all types of 
pictures. We have found that it makes the public censorship- 
conscious This is felt especially in the neighborhood houses, 

and it is the intent of our organization to tone down the advertis- 
ing on sex pictures before the public-spirited groups like the 

Parent Teachers Associations do it for us." yessir 

Smart Showmen what has just happened in that famous 

radio case, can happen to you picture fellers, too don't kid 


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• • • DINNER given by Margot Grahame at the Hotel Piccadilly 

on Jan. 22 a "hands-across-the-sea" gesture to Collette Lyons, the 

Warner player recently returned from England Gobs' Gag: Two 

gobs stopped in front of a life-size cutout stand in front of the box-office 

of Loew's State on Broadway, advertising "Navy Blue and Gold" 

it showed the two male leads as Navy lieutenants arm in arm with 

the leading lady of the pic one of the gobs had a kodak the 

other gob planted himself in front of one of the cut-out lieutenants as his 

pal snapped him arm-in-arm with the star and the other lieutenant 



Jan. 18-19: Allied States board meeting, 
Carlton Hotel. Washington. 




National Board of Review con- 
Hotel Pennsylvania. 

22: Cleveland Variety Club testimonial 
dinner for M. B. Horwitz. 

24: Kansas City ITO annual meef0-t 

25: Loew's stockholders meeting. 



Jan. 26: Red Kann Round Up and Barbecue, 
Belvedere Room, Hotel Astor. 

Jan. 27: Mid-winter convention of the MPTO 
of Virginia, Richmond. 

Jan. 28: Fourth annual stage-screen show of 
ITO of Southern California, Grauman's 
Chinese Theater, midnight. 

Jan. 31: Testimonial dinner to E. K. "Ted" 
O'Shea, Hotel Statler, Buffalo. 

Jan. 31 -Feb. 2: Allied Theaters of the North- 
west silver jubilee convention and industry 
exposition, Niccollet Hotel, Minneapolis. 

Feb. 14: Ninth annual Richmond, 
atrical ball, Tantilla Garden. 

Va., the- 
New Haven b-41 Unit formal dinner- 

Feb. 21: 

Mar. 5: Detroit Variety Club ball. 

March 13: Silver wedding party of Mr. and 
Mrs. Jack Cohn. 

April 25-28: SMPE spring convention, Ward- 
man Park Hotel, Washington. 

Fines Boost Move Wins 

Montreal — Motion requesting the 
Quebec provincial government to in- 
crease "to an appreciable extent the 
amount of the fines and term of im- 
prisonment to which theater own- 
ers offending against the law pro- 
hibiting the admission of children 
under 16 years of age, shall be li- 
able" was proposed in the City Coun- 
cil by Alderman Armand Taillon, 
and carried. 


Mrs. Carrie Bestor 
La Crosse, Wis. — Mrs. Carrie 
Bestor, 78, mother of Don Bestor, 
nationally known band leader and 
entertainer, died at a local hospital. 
Mrs. Bestor is survived by three 
sons, one of whom is A. L. Bestor, 
orchestra director at the Orpheum 
Theater in Madison for many years, 
and a daughter. 

Mrs. Helen Conness 

Funeral services were held yes- 
terday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the 
Cooke Funeral Home, 117 West 
72nd St., for Mrs. Helen Strickland 
Conness, 75, actress known on the 
stage by her maiden name. She 
died on Thursday night at Mt. Sinai 

Whitaker Ray 
Whitaker Ray, 55, theater man 
who for many years was associated 
with the Erlanger interests and Jed 
Harris, died on Friday morning at 
the Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn 
of a heart attack. 

Monday, Jan. 17, 1938 





A Film Daily Gallery of 
Year's Headliners 

B M\ m 




H i s already 
high stock as 
a cartoon pro- 
ducer took a 
leap to new 
lofty levels in 
1937 via pro- 
duction of 20 
"Merrie Mel- 
odies" and 16 
"L o o n e y 
Tunes" for 
Warner Broth- 
ers, which to- 
tal of 36 was 
about the heaviest schedule undertaken 
by any of the current crop of cartoon 
creators. Critics everywhere praised his 
"Coo-coo Nut Grove," a sprightly flock 
of footage caricaturing the Hollywood 
stars. Used freely the dual media of 
black-and-white and color for his long 
line of hilarious hits, including "Sweet 
Sioux," "Speaking of Weather," "Clean 
Pastures," "The Lyin' Mouse" (which 
was a honey), and the grand finale reel 
"The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos." Mr. 
Schlesinger, take a bow! 

J. J. NOLAN • • 

This native 
New Yorker, 
who has be- 
come a chron- 
ic Hollywood- 
i t e , having 
spent the past 
17 years there 
in a fruitful as 
well as spec- 
tacular career, 
served well 
and energeti- 
cally the inter- 
ests of RKO 
Radio Pictures, whose assistant secre- 
j tary he is, throughout 1937. Attached to 
the company's coast studio, he played 
., a leading part in all activities there, 
having worked his way successively 
from the auditing department to the 
business managership and from thence 
to his present post. Feels right at home 
on the RKO lot, whose 13 acres were 
' once owned by the Robertson-Cole out- 
"> fit, because J. J. started his flim career 
! with this latter company. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Sears, Warner sales chief, as he de- 
parted for the East. 

Asserting that, "Hollywood isn't 
falling down; it's the exhibitor," 
Sears said, "If exhibitors would de- 
vote as much time to merchandising 
shows to their customers as they 
do in putting over audience games 
which drive away biz, the entire 
industry would be better off." 

Sears, warming up to his subject, 

"The sooner every exhibitor in the 
country, and this goes for large or 
small, realizes that he is in direct 
partnership with every producer in 
Hollywood, so soon will he realize 
his obligation to this industry. Mo- 
tion picture theaters were built for 
motion pictures. They were not con- 
structed for the purpose of being 
used as gambling halls, or for lot- 

"Hollywood obviously can't step 
into the theaters and sell the fine 
product it makes. That's up to the 
exhibitor. He must cooperate to 
the utmost extent or suffer along 
with the producer. The studios can't 
maintain their present terrific pace 
unless the theaters of the country 
get behind them with showmanship 
which actually sells. Unless the 
theaters wake up and go to work, 
producers will be compelled to cut 
their production budgets. That is 
an obvious fact. 

"It's certainly time that theater- 
men became smart and got back into 
show business. Stop making gam- 
bling casinos out of their houses and 
instead run a legitimate business. 

"If they don't junk 'Turkey 
Nights' and all the other trash 
which is ruining the industry and 
discouraging producers, they'll end 
up in a financial suicide. 

"This industry is based on show- 
manship — which is its life-blood. 
Unless exhibitors infuse showman- 
ship into their operations, it's going 
to be a tragic thing for the entire 
motion picture business." 

Over Million NiarU 

"100 Men and a Girl" has grossed 
more than a million dollars, it was 
learned Saturday. Picture went over 
the million-dollar mark three weeks 
ago, it was said. 

Hall's 'Snow White' at 9 A. M. 


Radio City Music Hall opened 
two hours earlier than customary to 
permit unprecedented nine a.m. Sat- 
urdsy showing of RKO's "Snow 
: White and the Seven Dwarfs," ac- 
cording to announcement. Theater 
: at that time was at capacity, it was 
' reported. Lines averaging three city 
blocks continued throughout day 
over weekend, theater officials said. 

Bank Night Banned After 
Today in Hackensack, N. J. 

Hackensack, N. J. — Bank Night 
and other theater games will be 
banned here after today, Prosecutor 
John J. Breslin of Bergen County 
announced Saturday. Breslin said 
that an application for an injunction 
to restrain the prosecutor from 
interfering with theater games had 
been dismissed by Chancellor Luther 
A. Campbell because the applicants 
had not carried their action to a 

Okay B-L Statement 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The SEC has ap- 
proved the post effective amend- 
ment of Bauseh & Lomb Optical Co. 
covering two new issues of $100 par 
5 per cent cumulative convertible 
preferred and $10 par common. 

More Theaters Are 

Using Vaudeville 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

following institution of same policy 
last Friday at the Shubert, Cincin- 
nati. The circuit plans to continue 
vaude at the Boston, Boston; Pal- 
ace, Cleveland; and Palace, Chica- 
go, with occasional booking of 
"names" in other situations. 

In Chicago the Rialto Theater re- 
opened in the Loop with vaude- 
film policy. Powers Theater, Grand 
Rapids, Mich., is to inaugurate 
same policy Friday. Vaudeville 
supplemented pictures at Para- 
mount, Miami, Fla., last week. 
Manager Jonas Perlberg will con- 
tinue plan. Brooklyn Strand has 
added vaudeville to its week-end 
programs. In Milwaukee, the 
Zenith is offering vaudeville nightly 
with two complete changes weekly 
and amateur nights on Fridays. 

Warner's Earle, Philadelphia; 
Earle, Washington; and Stanley, 
Pittsburgh, will hold to programs 
using flesh all week. Scattered 
theaters are to go on using stage 
shows on special days. List in- 
cludes Oxford, Philadelphia, on 
Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 
Stanley, Camden, N. J., Sunday; 
Astor, Reading, N. J., Friday and 
Saturday; Queen, Wilmington, Del., 
Saturday; Strand, York, Pa., Sat- 
urday; Capitol, Lancaster, Pa., 
Saturday; and Capitol, Steuben- 
ville, 0., Sunday. 

Only two Loew houses are in the 
vaudeville stronghold. They are 
Loew's State on Broadway, which 
is considered nation's No. 1 plat- 
form, and Capitol, Washington. 


20th-Fox Foreign Biz 

Going Ahead, Say Execs. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ion of Walter J. Hutchinson, 20th- 
Fox general foreign manager, and 
Clay V. Hake, assistant foreign 
manager, who left Saturday for ex- 
tended trips through foreign terri- 
tories. Hutchinson departed for a 
complete swing through the Carib- 
bean section and Hake goes to Aus- 

The appointments of E. Mathie- 
sen, as manager of Norway, R. J. 
V. Parsons, as branch supervisor in 
England, and Herbert A. White, to 
a post in the Mexico City office, 
were announced. Mathiesen suc- 
ceeds T. Isdahl, Jr., who was ap- 
pointed manager of Sweden last 
week when Carl Nielsen resigned 
that post. No other changes are 
contemplated in the foreign per- 
sonnel at this time, it was said. 

Prints of "In Old Chicago" will 
be carried by both foreign execs, 
as well as Francis L. Harley, United 
Kingdom manager, who sailed Sat- 
urday on the He de France. 

Consensus of local "Ten Best" 
contests conducted by representative 
dailies in virtually every section of 
the United States in co-operation 
with The Film Daily national poll 
shows five 1937 features running 
neck and neck for fan favor. 

Quintet embraces "The Good 
Earth" (M-G-M), "Captains Cour- 
ageous" (M-G-M), "A Star is Born" 
(UA-Selznick), "The Life of Emile 
Zola" (Warners) and "Lost Hori- 
zon" (Columbia). First three an- 
nexed 15 ballots for first, two lat- 
ter, 14 for 2nd on the consolidated 

Total of 22 features received 
"Best Ten" representation in the 
many local polls, returns of which 
in numerical standing form were 
made available to The Film Daily 
by the dailies. In order, the remain- 
ing 17 follow: 

"Romeo and Juliet" (M-G-M), 12; 
"Maytime" (M-G-M), 11; "Stella 
Dallas" (UA-Goldwyn), 9; "Stage 
Door" (RKO Radio), 8; "The Awful 
Truth" (Columbia), 6; "Camille" 
(M-G-M), 6; "100 Men and a Girl" 
(Universal), 5; "Dead End" (UA- 
Goldwyn), 4; "A Prisoner of Zenda" 
(UA-Selznick), 3; "Winterset" 
(RKO Radio), 3; "Lloyds of Lon- 
don" (20th-Fox), 2; "Conquest" 
(M-G-M), 2; "The Plainsman" 
(Paramount), 2; "Heidi" (20th-Fox), 
1; "Three Smart Girls" (Universal), 
1; "They Won't Forget" (Warners), 
1; "Night Must Fall" (M-G-M), 1. 

It should be noted that in many in- 
stances newspapers conducting local 
"Ten Best" polls made no attempt to 
tally votes, merely checking the bal- 
lots against the national "Ten Best" 
or their critics' "Best" selections to 
determine contest winners. 

Comparison of the consolidated lo- 
cal "Ten Best" with the result of 
The Film Daily national sympos- 
ium will disclose a striking unanim- 
ity of opinion on the part of review- 
ers and the nation's moviegoers. 

Ambassador-Malcolm Pact 
Receives Court Approval 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Federal Judge George 
Cosgrave has approved a compro- 
' mise agreement between Ambassa- 
1 dor Pictures and Marks & Malcolm 
Trading Co. and Malcolm Film Lab- 
oratories whereby the latter two 
companies are to retain possession 
of 24 pictures made by Ambassador 
until approximately $60,000_ owed 
them by Ambassador is repaid. 

Maurice Conn of Ambassador is 
to make a trip to sell the unsold ter- 
ritories on these pictures and sales 
monies realized by Conn are to be 
turned over to the latter two com- 
panies. Attorney Earl Morse rep- 
resented Ambassador and Attorney 
Herbert T. Silverberg represented 
latter two companies. 

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Screen play by Jerry Wait), Maurice Leo and Richard Macauley 
Original Story by Jerry Wald and Maurice Leo • A First National Picture 

Songs by Dick Whiting & Johnny Mercer .... You hear 'em all the timel 



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Monday, Jan. 17, 1938 

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Jlemews o% the Hew fUms 

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, (The Good-for Nothing) 
with Adolf Dymsza, Josef Orwid, Wanda 

Star Films 83 mins. 


Adolf Dymsza, one of Poland's leading 
screen comedians, almost puts on a one 
man show in this Polish picture and his 
antics amused the Polish audiences no end. 
There are no English titles in the picture 
so it will be confined to Polish houses. The 
masquerade used by Dymsza, who cavots 
in women's clothes and what not, is put 
on to gain the confidence of his sweet- 
heart's domineering mother. The burles- 
que comedy technique used in this one 
went out here many years ago, but it ap- 
parently is still appreciated abroad. The 
balance of the story is devoted to the 
antics of Dymsza, but the rest of the cast 
is adequate and Wanda Jarszewska, his 
sweetheart, is an attractive young lady. 

CAST: Adolf Dymsza, Josef Orwid, 
Wanda Jarszewska, Andrzej Bogucki, Ren- 
ata Radojewska, Michal Znicz, Seweryna 

CREDITS: A Star Film production; Di- 
rector, Mieczyslaw Krawicz. Presented at 
the Belmont Theater in Polish dialogue 
without English titles. 

PHY, Good. 

No Congressional Grant 

For Film Probe — Kramer 

(Continued from Page 1) 

legislative watchdog, announced a 
survey had convinced him that no 
picture investigation resolution 
would be granted an appropriation 
by Congress. 

"No such wild-eyed resolution will 
ever get beyond our committee," 
Kramer, ranking member on the 
House Committee on Accounts, de- 
clared. "I believe the slogan today 
for us Congressmen should be 
'Leave business alone.' The sooner 
the more radical lights in the gov- 
ernment realize that in attacking 
motion pictures and other industries 
they are really attacking vital 
sources of government revenue the 
better off we all will be." 

Outlining various phases of gov- 
ernment revenue accounted for by 
the film industry, Kramer then at- 
tacked the theory embodied in the 
embryonic Boren theater divorce 
measure. The California represen- 
tative pointed out that in many 
cases "residents invited producer- 
controlled houses to their towns," 
adding that "these marvelously 
beautiful theaters" were responsible 
for raising real estate values in com- 

'Der Zerbrochene 

("The Broken Jug") 
with Emil Jannings, Lina Carstens, Freidrich 

American Tobis Corp. 86 mins. 


This new German importation is distin- 
guished by the fine performance of Jan- 
nings as the partly piratical and partly 
naive village judge. The comedy written 
by Heinrich von Kleist in the early 1800s 
has not been revised, and the original 
blank verse is used with good effect. 
This classic German comedy will go over 
big with German audiences in this country, 
but the English synopsis does not explain 
the dialogue, and any but German speak- 
ing audiences would fail to appreciate the 
humor of the pix. Jannings, the judge 
who has broken the jug, is trying the case 
to find out who has committed the dam- 
age. Long before the evidence becomes 
conclusive against the suspects it becomes 
apparent that Jannings is guilty, and his 
attempts to bully and bluster his way out 
of the predicament provide most of the 
action. His story telling ability fails him, 
however, and he falls prey to the court. 
The performances given by Lina Carstens. 
Freidrich Kayssler and Max Guelstorff are 
outstanding, and Director Gustav Ucicky 
has done an excellent job with the film, 
with Jannings acting as supervisor. 

CAST: Emil Jannings, Lina Carstens, 
Freidrich Kayssler, Max Guelstorff, Angela 
Sailoker, Bruno Huebner, Paul Dahlke, 
Frau E. B. Flickenschildt, Walter Werner, 
Erich Dunskus, Gisela von Collande, Lotte 

CREDITS: Produced by Tobis Films; Di- 
rector, Gustav Ucicky. Presented at the 
Garden Theater with German dialogue and 
an English synopsis. 



"Script Girl" 

(Broadway Brevity) 

Vitaphone 20 mins. 

Solid, Swift-Moving Short 

Here's a two-reel musical comedy 
the cash customers will find to their 
liking. The action takes place in 
a movie studio, with Eugene Siga- 
loff cast in the role of the director, 
a swell bit of foolishness and satire 
which will evoke patron laughter. 
Stars are Cross and Dunn, whose 
songs are clever creations, particu- 
larly the number, "A Hamburger 
for Madame," which they do to a 
turn. Jackson Halliday, Joan Ab- 
bott, Claire Carleton and the Gae 
Foster Girls round out the cast. 
Miss Abbott is both an eyeful and 
an earful, for she combines beauty 
with uncommon ability to sing. 
Short gets its title from the search 
by Sigaloff for a script girl. At 
the finale, after posing as one and 
causing complications and conster- 
nation, she explains that she mis- 
understood the studio's requirement 
and that she is not a script girl but 
a strip girl. 

PCT's $500,000 Profit 

London (By Cable) — PCT Con- 
struction reports a profit of $500,- 
000 for the year ending Sept. 30, 
1937. The firm has granted in ex- 
cess of $6,000,000 in advances to 
Provincial Cinematograph Theaters, 
Ltd., and associated companies, 
during the year, an increase of 
$100,000 over advances for the pre- 
vious years. These loans are se- 
cured by liens on freehold and 
leasehold properties. 

City Wins 10-Day Delay 

Chicago — Corporation Counsel 
Barnet Hodes was granted a 10 day 
delay in filing the city's answer to 
the Quo Warranto proceedings insti- 
tuted by Attorney General Kerner, 
contesting the legality of the bookie 
licensing ordinance. 

Grossman Adds Mayfair 

Syracuse, N. Y. — Sid Grossman, 
operator of the Elmwood Theater, 
has taken over the Mayfair (Nabe), 
formerly the Capitol, from George 

"Frontiers of the Future" 
Modern Talking Picture Service, 
Inc. 10 mins. 

Fine Educational Topic 

With Lowell Thomas giving an 
excellent narration, and the film 
itself of great interest, this short 
produced by the National Industrial 
Council has a definite story to tell. 
The pix deals with the frontiers 
of tomorrow, scientific frontiers. 
The tremendous advancements in 
the scientific field over a period of 
100 years are briefly sketched, with 
the focus of attention on the oil 
industry. The development of the 
oil industry is outlined, and the 
vast number of by-products derived 
from petroleum that are in use to- 
day are shown in part. Numerous 
laboratory shots, with expert scien- 
tists, telling of what they have ac- 
complished in. the past, and hope 
for in the future. The vast possi- 
bilities of scientific research is the 
objective lesson of the film, in order 
to point out the many fields for 
new development of industry and 
employment for workers. 

"America Marching On" 
Modern Talking Picture Service, 
Inc. 10 mins. 

Good Human Interest 

The history of American progress 
and ingenuity is always interesting, 
and the National Industrial Council 
has produced a fine semi-historical 
history of the American flour indus- 
try in this short. Lowell Thomas 
gives a fine narration. Going back 
to two millers, with one wheel 

turned by a mill stream, the growth 
of an idea, and the mill, are traced 
into the huge flour mills of today. 
An object lesson is also apparent in 
this film, with the betterment of 
the workers traced over a period of 
many years. The progress o^%is 
one industry is the highlight e /he 
film, but other industries come m 
for their share of the attention 
centered on the growth of American 
industry to the point where it leads 
the world in production and quality. 
Definitely of audience interest. 

"Porky At The Crocadero" 

(Looney Tune Cartoon) 

Vitaphone 7 mins. 

Fairly Entertaining 

A run-of-the-crop subject which 
discloses young Porky trying to find 
an outlet for his talent as an orches- 
tra leader. Consumed with a burn- 
ing desire to wield the baton, but 
realizing that he must create his op- 
portunity, he takes the job of dish- 
washer in a night club. Literal notes 
of distraction set in mentally and 
Porky consequently cannot keep his 
mind on his job. The boss tosses 
him out but repents, for a packed 
house is waiting to dance and there 
is no one to lead the band. Porky's 
appearance before the bevy of ani- 
mal patrons is a distinct triumph, 
particularly his imitations of famous 
baton-wielders in real life. 

"The Lion Hunt" 


Educational 7 mins. 

Fairy Jungle Tale 

A variation on the lion and mouse 
fable, with Mr. Mouse and the fam- 
ily driving through a jungle in a 
trailer as they try to beat the rent 
problem. Mr. Lion appears and cap- 
tures the small adventurer. But 
Mrs. Mouse starts to exert her 
femme wiles, and sings a blues song 
which touches the heart of the 
jungle king. He releases the mouse, 
who later has a chance to repay him 
when the hunters wound him, and 
the mouse carts him off for medical 
attention in the trailer. 

Pathe Parade No. 3 

RKO Radio 10 Mins. 

Colorful Incidents 

The first subject shows the young 
social set of New York throwing a 
nursery party in a nite club, the 
boys and girls dressed in kiddie 
clothes, with lollipops and balloons. 
The antics are climaxed with young 
dancers from Arthur Murray's 
dance studio doing the Big Apple. 
The burlesque mellerdrammer the- 
ater operating in Manhattan is 
shown, with the climax of the last 
act presented, as the customers sit 
at tables over their drinks and hiss 
and cheer the goings-on to their 
hearts content. The final subject 
gives the inside working of the 
Miami Beach bathing beauties, 
showing how the clever ad propa- 
ganda is built up with local school 
girls employed. 

Monday, Jan. 17, 1938 




West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Thirty pictures are 
in production with Warners heading 
the list with five. Paramount, 
M-G-M, 20th Century-Fox, RKO, 
foP j with four each. Columbia is 
ma:mg three, Universal two and 
Republic, Monogram, Hal Roach and 
Principal one each. 

Paramount is starting work on 
"You and Me." "Condemned Wo- 
men" is the next on the RKO sched- 
ule. Warners have started work on 
"Golddiggers of Paris" and "Dude 
Rancher." Columbia has begun work 
on "Outlaws of the Big Band." 

20th Century-Fox has completed 
"Walking Down Broadway," while 
Paramount has finished "Bluebeard's 
Eighth Wife." Columbia wrapped up 
"The Lone Wolf." 


Selznick-Whitney UA Deal — New Quota Developments 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Barbara O'Neill, 
Warner featured player who under- 
went a tonsilectomy at the Queen 
of Angels Hospital, will be dis- 
charged this week. 

Metropolis, 111. — Jim H. Hogue, 
owner-manager of the Elite Thea- 
ter, is critically ill. 

Kansas City, Mo. — William "Ben- 
ny" Benjamin, Universal branch 
manager, who underwent a minor 
operation at Menorah Hospital is 
expected back at his office this 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Los Angeles — Eddie Cantor, film 
and radio star, undei'going treat- 
ment in a hospital here as the re- 
sult of an inflamed throat, is im- 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Walter Pidgeon, film 
actor, is ill here with bronchial pneu- 
monia. Cameras are shooting around 
his role in the feature, "The Girl 
of the Golden West," pending his 

Cleveland — William Skirball, well 
known theater man, is seriously ill 
here with pneumonia. He is in Mount 
Sinai hospital. 

Richmond, Va. — Mrs. Sam Bend- 
heim, Jr., wife of the general man- 
ager, Neighborhood Theaters, un- 
derwent an appendectomy at the 
Johnson-Willis Hospital. 

Painesville, 0. — Abe Schwartz, 
owner of movie theaters here and 
at nearby Cleveland and Fairport is 
back at his desk after several weeks 
in Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland. 


(Continued f-om Page 1) 

UA news, Alexander Korda sailed 
away from New York, bound for 
England on the Aquitania. Prior 
to his departure, he admitted that 
he had deals pending for produc- 
tion outside of UA release, but that 
no definite commitments had been 
made. He declined to name the 
company here with which he is 
negotiating, and declared he would 
return to the U. S. shortly to close 

Following the Major Pictures- 
Paramount rupture, it was stated 
on the Coast that Emanuel Cohen, 
head of Major, and RKO represen- 
tatives have been conferring on a 

A deal whereby Educational would 
make new capital available to GN 
was understood to be brewing, with 
probability that it would be closed. 
Although E. W. Hammons, Educa- 
tional^ prexy, declined to confirm 
the report, it is understood that he 
discussed matters with Edward L. 
Alperson and Edward J. Peskay, 
prexy and vice-prexy respectively 
of GN. Move was undertaken in 
wake of long pending action by 
20th-Fox to produce its own shorts. 

Additional items which flagged 
attention: British Acoustic Films, 
Ltd., wholly-owned subsidiary of 
GB, filed at the week's outset two 
suits in U. S. District Court in the 
District of Delaware charging RCA 
Manufacturing Co., Inc., wholly- 
owned subsidiary of RCA, and 
Erpi, WE subsidiary, with infringe- 
ments of patents owned by British 
Acoustic . . . Paramount reported 
little demand to have voluntary 
arbitration clause reinserted in con- 
tracts since the company eliminated 
it . . . Rep. Martin Dies, Texas, 
told The Film Daily he is drop- 
ping his pending resolution to con- 
duct a far-flung investigation of 
the film industry which he intro- 
duced at first session of the present 
Congress . . . Major companies' 
sales chiefs huddled in New York 
to work out final arrangements on 

exchange pacts governing employ- 
ment of film exchange employees 
nationally . . . Announcement that 
a definite plan to combat radio 
competition will be taken to the 
Allied board meetings which will be 
held tomorrow and Wednesday m 
Washington . . . Charles E. Ford, 
Universal Newsreel's head, tendered 
his resignation last Thursday. 


That Parliament's Standing Com- 
mittee can expect no cessation of 
difficulties it faced at last session 
in efforts to frame the Films Bill 
(Quota Act) was freely expressed 
last week by Britain's film men who 
hold that when Parliament recon- 
venes next month the legislation 
will face even more complexities, 
due to the fact that various leaders 
and factions of the industry intend 
submitting further alternate provi- 
sions, as well as waging battles for 
suggestions already made for em- 
bodiment in the Act. KRS, it is 
stated, will again fight cooperative 
booking, and CEA will contest 
Oliver Stanley's latest scheme to 
allow all surplus British films not 
registered by renters to count 
double for exhibitors' quota. 

Inclusion of a prominent film man 
on the British Trade Commission 
which will discuss proposed pact 
with U. S. shortly, loomed as a pos- 
sibility, London reported. 

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H. Hubo, Japan's "unofficial film 
envoy," left New York for the 
Coast en route to Toyko, without 
receiving a decision as to whether 
American producers would accept 
promissory notes for film exports 
to Nippon. It is understood that, 
should the U. S. interests decide 
shortly to do so, Japan is prepared 
to lift ban on American pix. 

Berlin flashed word that number 
of U. S. films shown there in 1937 
was virtually double the number in 
the previous year, in the first nine 
months of which there were 22 ex- 
hibited, whereas in same period of 
1937 40 were shown. 



Second International Cinema 
Hearing Set for Feb. 14 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — International Cinema, 
Inc., at the first reorganization 
hearing under Section 77B, was 
granted an order temporarily con- 
tinuing the company in possession 
of its own assets. Feb. 14 was set 
for the second hearing. Officials of 
the firm declared that current as- 
sets far exceed liabilities, but have 
asked for more time because of 
frozen assets. 

Talk Theater Festival 

Proposed theater festival, early 
curtain once a week and progress 
of apprentice theater committee 
were discussed at a dinner Saturday 
night in the Hotel Astor by repre- 
sentatives of the American Theater 
Council and League of New York 

Eaves Costume Signs Pact 

Eaves Costume Co. has signed a 
contract with Theatrical Costume 
Workers Federal Labor Union, No. 
21313, AF of L affiliate, officials of 
the company has announced. 

Burke-Monaco Signed 
JOHNNY BURKE and James Mon- 
J aco have been signed to do the 
tunes for the forthcoming Bing 
Crosby picture which is untitled. 
Ihe picture starts work in March 
with Wesley Ruggles directing for 

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Son to Allan Jones 

A son was born to Irene Hervev 
and Allan Jones of the films at 
their home here on Friday, last. 

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Hollywood Hotel Anniversary 

The thirty-fifth anniversary of 
the original Hollywood Hotel, whose 
name has inspired both the radio 
program and the new Warner pix 
"Hollywood Hotel," will be cele- 
brated tonight in Hollywood, with 
program to be broadcast over a 
CBS nation-wide hook-up, beginning 
at midnight, E.S.T. The Committee 
on Arrangements for tonight's 
anniversary celebration comprises 
Harry M. Warner, Louis B. Mayet, 
Carl Laemmle, Jesse L. Lasky Cecil 
B. de Mille, Otto K. Olesen, Carl 
Bush, C. E. Toberman, Dr. E. O. 
Palmer and George H. Dunlop. 

T T T 

In "Good-Bye Broadway" 

Universal has changed the title 
of "Shannons of Broadway" to 
"Good-Bye Broadway." Charles 
Winninger, Alice Brady, Tommy 
Riggs, ventriloquist, who has Betty 
Lou on the Rudy Vallee program, 
have been set for the leads in the 
picture. Production starts next 
week with Edmund Grainger pro- 
ducing and Ray McCarey directing. 

T » » 

WB Terms to Fay Bainter 

Warner have given Fay Bainter 
a term contract after seeing her 
performance in "Jezebel," the Bette 
Davis picture now before the cam- 
eras. She has been assigned to an 
important role in "White Banners," 
which goes into production Monday 
with a cast including Claude Rains. 
Edmund Goulding directs. 

T T T 

Pivar with Frenke 

Ben Pivar, who was a Grand Na- 
tional producer, has been signed by 
Eugen Frenke as associate pro- 
ducer on two Anna Sten pictures 
which Frenke will make for Grand 
National. The first is "With Pleas- 
ure, Madame," which goes into pro- 
duction within three weeks, and the 
second one is "Don't Lead With 
Your Heart." 

JVetu Tele Makeup 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Perc Westmore, head of 
the makeup department at Warner Bros, 
motion picture studio, has announced 
that he has created, and is working on 
the further development of a line of 
makeup which will be intended solely 
for television. Westmore says the 
basic idea is a browner hue. 


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From the play by MARTIN FLAVIN • Screen play by FRED NIBLO, Jr. and SETON I. MILLER • Directed by JOHN BRAHM 

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Monday, Jan. 17, 1938 


London (By Cable) — With the 
Anglo-American film situation be- 
lieved scheduled for a comprehen- 
sive review when the new British- 
American trade treaty is drafted, 
considerable significance is attached 
here to Mark Ostrer's plea for 

Ostrer made the recent annual 
general meeting of Gainsborough 
Pictures, Ltd., of which he is 
chairman, the occasion for an ex- 
pression of his views. He said it 
was just as essential for the pro- 
ducers of quality pictures in Eng- 
land to have an outlet in America 
for their product as it was for 
American producers to recover a 
good proportion of their cost in 

"Without any provision of this 
nature," he added, "I am firmly 
convinced that the film-producing 
industry in this country will con- 
tinue to be a very profitless busi- 

High cost of production in Eng- 
land has persisted throughout the 
year in Great Britain, Ostrer points 
out, and these high costs in the 
earlier part of the year had not 
been realized despite the introduc- 
tion of important economies. Films 
produced in the latter half of 1937, 
he said, have brought in a profit to 
their producers. Reason he ad- 
vanced for the loss of films pro- 
duced in the early part of the year 
was that the companies had not 
been able to recover a reasonable 
proportion of their cost from the 
American market. 

On balance, Gainsborough's trad- 
ing account showed a loss of 11,098 
pounds as against 79,524 for the 
previous year. Current liabilities 
were lower by 86,024 pounds at 
131,261 pounds, due to a repayment 
of a substantial part of loans and 
advances made to them. A bank 
overdraft of 11,644 pounds was 
paid off during the year. Fixed as- 
sets were lower by 3,081 pounds at 
56,912 pounds, due to excess of de- 
preciation provided for the year 
over the amount expended in add- 
ing to studio equipment. 

Fibber McGee and Mollie 
To Do 3 Yearly for Para. 


-^^^■^^^=^ By SID WEISS ==^= 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Radio's Fibber Mc- 
Gee and Mollie have been signed 
by Paramount under a long term 
contract specifying three feature 
pictures a year, it is announced by 
Adolph Zukor. First picture, ten- 
tatively titled "Summer Boarders," 
will have Mary Carlisle and Jack 
Dunn in the leading romantic roles. 
Irving Reis is writing the screen 
play which will be produced by 
Harold Hurley, aide of William Le- 
Baron, managing director of pro- 

JRA GENET has completed the 

screen play for the 10th of the 
Floyd Gibbons thriller series for 
Warners, with production scheduled 
to start on Jan. 25 under Joe Hena- 
bery's expert guidance. This series 
of true adventure yarns is getting 
a remarkable reaction throughout 
the country and everyone concerned 
with the pix rates a bow. Genet 
also starts directing another of the 
Pictorial series this week. 

Roy Mack starts on Jan. 27 with 
an all-male minstrel two-reeler fea- 
turing the Daddy of all minstrel- 
men, Eddie Leonard, supported by 
Swor and Lubin\, Eddie Peabody, 
Verne and Richard, Gus Van, 
Tommy Rafferty and a group of 
male singers and dancers. Cy Wood 
and Jack Henley did the story. 

Lloyd French has completed a 
short starring Carl Deacon Moore 
and his orchestra. His next will 
star Henry Armetta in an Eddie 
Forman-Jack Henley script. 

Remember? . . . When Chris 
Beute — child prodigy, no less — gave 
a violin concert at Carnegie Hall 
. . . David Mendoza, when he was 
concert master for Victor Talking 

Machine Co. . . . Ira Genet, when 
you had to salute him. and call him 
Captain . . . Milton Schwarzwald, 
when he was musical director for 
Keith . . . Phil Quinn, when he was 
in charge of the John Bunny com- 
edies at the old Vitagraph . . . Bill 
Watson when he was a film cutter 
on the old Universal lot . . . Willi 
Weil, when she ran center for her 
High School basketball team . . . 
(Arkansas papers please copy.) 

Addenda . . . Lloyd French re- 
ceived an invite to the motor boat 
show addressed "Rear Admiral 
French" . . . Burnett Hershey, for- 
mer Warner writer, has returned 
to the coast following a flying visit 
with his old cronies bere . . . "Dog 
Bites Woman" may not be news to 
a city ed — but it was plenty of bad 
news for Jack Henley . . . He was 
thrown for a $300 loss when his 
dog bit his housekeeper — and now 
Jack is sore enuf to bite the dog. 
. . . It would amaze you to know 
what Saul Chaplin and Sammy 
Cahn got for singing their song, 
"Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" on the 
Ford hour . . . Tena Rigat, ex- 
Vitaphone lovely, is doing all right 
in "I'd Rather Be Right" . . . 

Cartoon "Pirating" Case 

Is Settled Out of Court 

Suit in which Exclusive Movie 
Studios, Inc., charged that Samuel 
Levy and Levy's Sport Shop, Jersey 
City, violated copyright law by dis- 
tributing alleged pirated prints of 
Paramount's Betty Boop and Pop- 
eye cartoon was settled out of court 
over the week end with substantial 
cash payment, according to Phillips 
and Nizer, attorneys for plaintiff. 

Under Exclusive Movie Studios' 
contract with Paramount it has ex- 
clusive rights to distribute 16-mm. 
prints of the subjects two years 
after their theater release dates. 
However, according to complaint, 
prints were distributed before that 
time by the defendants who were 
without rights. Coincidental suit 
charges George Dobbs and Gem 
Film Corp. with copyright violation 
by duping Paramount cartoon sub- 
jects without legal right. Case is 
scheduled to be heard early in Feb- 
ruary in U. S. District Court, Dis- 
trict of New Jersey. 

December Grosses Tops 

Springfield, O. — Largest Decem- 
ber grosses in his 28 years as an 
exhibitor are reported by Phil 
Chakeres, head of Chakeres-Warner 
theaters here and Chakeres circuit 
of small city theaters throughout 
southern Ohio. 

Allied States Ass'n Board 

Faces Crowded Calendar 


(.Continued from Page 1) 

capacity of the open theaters is 
listed at 1,249,653. 

Circuit theaters total 761, while 
independent houses are repre^rjted 
bv 439. Affiliated theaters hj j jw 
York total 134, and unaffiliated 
circuits have 434. In New Jersey, 
the number of affiliated houses is 
listed as 66 and unaffiliated as 127. 

There are 862 theaters in the 
New York state portion of the ter- 
ritory and 338 in the New Jersey 

(Continued from Pane 1) 

among other things, selection of a 
time and place for this year's na- 
tional convention, discussion of ra- 
dio competition, the appointment of 
nominating and finance committees, 
consideration of a legislative pro- 
gram and protective measures under 
the anti-trust laws, and the annual 
board dinner at the Shoreham Hotel. 
Wednesday's program will be de- 
voted mainly to conferences with 
Congressmen and consideration of 
unfinished business. Election of of- 
ficers and an executive committee 
will be included in one of the ses- 
sions, although this was not indi- 
cated in the bulletin. 

Ohio Legislative Row 

Imperils Admish Tax 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the Ohio Senate, insisting on its 
amendments to lower the utilities 
and beer taxes slightly, asked the 
House for a conference committee to 
adjust the differences. The second 
came when the House recessed until 
tomorrow, and the Senate declined 
to appoint a conference committee 
until advised just what concessions 
the House conferees were ready to 

It was indicated that unless these 
concessions were acceptable to Sen- 
ate leaders, there would be no efforts 
at compromise, with the only conse- 
quent hope for enactment resting on 
acceptance by the House of the Sen- 
ate changes in toto. 

National Board Convention 
To Treat "Film Equation" 

Reject Sunday Pix 

Lexington, Va. — The City Coun- 
cil voted down a proposal to allow 
Sunday movies here. 

Experimental Television 

Broadcasts by Midland 

Kansas City, Mo.— Midland Tele- 
vision, Inc., is now conducting two 
daily television broadcasts for dem- 
onstration and experiment in its 
studios in the tower of the K. C. 
Power and Light Co., building. 
Using concentric cables, the pictures 
are transmitted from one floor to 
en other where they are picked up 
with excellent resolution on a 90 
line screen, until the completion of 
a 441 line screen now under con- 
struction. The work is being con- 
ducted under the direction of J. R. 
Duncan, chief engineer who also 
constructed the equipment in the 
Midland laboratories. 

Fourteenth annual conference of 
National Board of Review which 
opens at Hotel Pennsylvania Thurs- 
day and continues through Saturday 
takes for its general theme, "The 
Film Equation in People's Lives." 
Thursday afternoon session will be 
addressed by William P. Montague, 
Jr., Paramount News assignment 
editor; Sidney K. Wolf, SMPE pres- 
ident; Maurice Kann, Box Office edi- 
tor-in-chief; and Herbert S. Walsh, 
N. Y. C. Board of Education tech- 
nical supervisor. 

Friday morning session is to be 
devoted to the subject of Commodity 
and Club Motion Picture Activities. 
Afternoon of same day finds "Taste 
and Demand in the Movies" dis- 
cussed by critics. "The Film as 
Document and News" will be exhib- 
ited in special film Friday night at 
New School for Social Research. 
Twenty-third annual luncheon closes 
conference Saturday afternoon. 

Leases Indianapolis Keith's 

Indianapolis — Keith's Theater has 
been leased by the Central City 
Amusement Co., which operates 
the Ambassador, Alamo and Cozy 
theaters. Mannie Marcus, Ft. 
Wayne, Ind., is president of the 
company. Carl Niesse, general man- 
ager for the company in this city, 
will be in charge of the house 
which opens today. 

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Question of Presidency" Off Record" Topic at Allied Meet 


Imperial Pictures to Offer 425,000 Shares of Common 

Moving H. O.? 

. . . dangerous plan 


COR the good of the industry, the pres- 
' ent agitation on the West Coast for 
the transfer of home office departments 
to the studios should fail. 

And promptly. 

However plausible the arguments, how- 
ever persuasive and high-powered their 
presentation, the fact remains that the 
transfer, reported as contemplated by ex- 
ecutives of several companies, would prove 
ill-advised from the policy standpoint, ex- 
tremely costly and resultant of, not effi- 
ciency, but inefficiency. 

Specifically, if reports are to be cred- 
ited, departments involved in the removal 
plans embrace distribution, advertising and 
publicity, and operations; in the instance 
of one company, transfer of shorts produc- 
tion to the West Coast is also said to be 
under discussion. 

— • — 

THERE are numerous excellent reasons 
' why the proposals are unsound, spell- 
ing direct concrete difficulties for the 
companies in question and, at least in- 
directly, constituting a menace to the in- 
dustry as a whole. 

Take, for instance, the distribution de- 
partment. Sales deals, largely are made in 
the East; and that, remember, applies to 
those involving important mid-West and 
Western circuits as well as to those made 
with Eastern operators. 

Would a Westward change of base by 
3,000-odd miles make for efficiency or 
inefficiency? For lower or higher over- 

Would circuit operators East of the Mis- 
sissippi now accustomed to reach New 
York overnight without undue inconven- 
ience when problems incident to buying 
and booking arise be better or more poor- 
ly served by such base change? 

— • — 

IN THE instance of the advertising and 
' publicity departments, it is claimed that 
the transfer would permit the latter to 
eounsel the studios on production. Splen- 
did premise, that. But — 

If past experience counts, isn't it pos- 
sible that, in the end, it would be the 
studios advising the advertising and pub- 
(Continued on Page 2) 

Stock to be Underwritten 

and Resold at $1.50 

Per Share 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Imperial Pictures, 
Inc., of New York, of which William 
M. Pizor is president, has filed a 
registration statement with the 
SEC covering 961,286 shares of $1 
par common stock. 

Morris D. Kopple, Imperial gen- 
eral counsel, declared that 425,000 

(Continued on Page 4) 


Reported reorganization of Grand 
National depends largely on E. W. 
Hammons' acceptance or rejection* 
of the post of president, it was 
learned from a reliable source yes- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Finley, Majors Counsels 
to Huddle on N. O. Test 

Joseph W. Finley, attorney for the 
Minnesota Amusement Co., Minneap- 
olis, arrives in New York today to 
discuss the North Dakota theater 
divorce case with counsels of major 

Court to Review Film 

Albany — The Appellate Division will 

personally review "Tomorrow's Children" 

today. This is the second picture in the 

judicial history of New York to be 

granted a court review. Argument on 

behalf of Foy Productions and the De- 

partment of Education will follow the 



Paramount is undecided whether 
to sue Emanuel Cohen or permit 
Cohen to sue Paramount first as a 
result of the severing of connec- 
tions between Cohen's Major Pic- 
tures and the distributing company, 
it was learned yesterday. However, 
a Paramount executive said that in 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Mono. Plans Up to 46, 

Exchange Views Sought 

Monogram's next season's pro- 
gram will number between 42 or 46 
features, depending on results of a 
questionnaire sent out by home of- 
fice to exchanges, W. Ray Johnston, 
Monogram prexy, told The Film 
Daily yesterday. Results are ex- 
pected to be compiled this week, he 

Allied's Next Chief Executive May be 
Martin Smith or Sidney Samuelson 

Warner Ad. Dept. Shift 

to Coast in Talk Stage 

Action on Warners' reported plan 
to move its advertising-publicity de- 
partment to the West Coast may 
come subsequent to the arrival from 
Hollywood Thursday of President 

(.Continued on Page 4) 

The 1938 Film Year Book will carry more 
advertising than any of its nineteen prede- 
cessors. — Advt. 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Early arrivals last 
night for Allied States Board 
meeting starting today reported 
that "off-the-record" gossip and 
forecasts had the next national 
presidency of Allied to be decided 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Court decisions of 1937 compiled and digested 
with comment by Louis Nizer will be one 
of the features of the 1938 Year Book.— Advt. 

MPPDA Prexy Receives Gold 

Medal of Achievement 

at Philly 

Philadelphia — Sketching examples 
of "What's Right With America," 
Will H. Hays last night, in an ad- 
dress before the Poor Richard Club, 
linked the motion pictures closely to 
the progress and development of the 
nation. Hays, on behalf of the in- 
dustry, received the Poor Richard 
Club's Gold Medal of Achievement in 
recognition of the advancement at- 
tained by pictures since their hum- 
ble beginning. 

Declaring that the MPPDA came 
into being as an outward expression 

(Continued on Page 6) 


Arrival of Louis Krause, general 
secretary-treasurer and acting as- 
sistant president of IATSE, and 
John Gatelee, New England offi- 
cial, yesterday indicated early set- 
tlement of union contract with 
eight majors governing working 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Early Naming of British 
Trade Commission Expected 

London (By Cable) — Preparations 
are under way here to officially name 
personnel of the British Trade Com- 
mission which will sail for the 
United States the fore part of Feb- 
ruary for Washington to discuss 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Canadian Building Up 

Montreal — Construction and recon- 
struction of theaters throughout Canada 
during the year resulted in an expendi- 
ture 64 per cent ahead of 1926, taken 
as the basic year. In the Maritime 
provinces of Nova Scotia, New Bruns- 
wick and Prince Edward Island, how- 
ever, the proportion spent was low. 
Dominion total was $1,943,000. 

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729 7th Ave. N. Y. C. 

Moving H. O.? 

. . . dangerous plan 

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licity departments; you know . . . "You're 
in Hollywood now, old man, and out here 
we do it this way ..." 

It is exceedingly difficult for produc- 
tion to see beyond the Rockies, and its 
mistakes in judgment largely can be at- 
tributed to that fact. 

Let the same limited vision prevail for 
distribution and advertising and publicity, 
and this industry may have art but no 

Snell and Ross Organize 

New Shorts Producing Co. 

Frank Snell, former vice-president 
of Condor Pictures, will head a new 
short subject producing company in 
association with Nat Ross, it was re- 
ported in New York yesterday. It 
is understood that a contract has 
been signed with a major company 
for the distribution of 13 one-reel 
pictures, the first of which will go 
into production Feb. 1. 

Snell has signed "Asta," canine 
star which appeared in "The Thin 
Man" to an exclusive contract. 

Gulf States Circuit Drive 
Is Worrying Film Salesmen 

New Orleans — The spread of cir- 
cuit operations in the Gulf States 
continues to grow apace until single 
house operation appears to be al- 
most a thing of the past. When Joy 
Houck's Joy Theaters join the The- 
ater Service Corp., a buying and 
booking combine here which suc- 
ceeded Affiliated Theaters, this group 
will have added between 20 and 25 
new houses to its list since the last 
quarter of 1937. Film salesmen are 
beginning to be worried. 

Read Papers, Contracts 

In Boston Trust Suit 

Taking of depositions in the 
Morse & Rothenberg circuit's anti- 
trust suit against major distributors 
and three affiliated circuits in New 
England was resumed yesterday in 
the Bar Association Building. No 
witnesses were called and all activ- 
ity was confined to reading of papers 
and contracts. The sessions are ex- 
pected to last all week. 

M P Associates Electing 

Motion Pictures Associates are to 
hold an election of officers Friday 
with Joseph J. Lee and Jack Ellis 
candidates for president. Balance 
of slate consists of Jerry Wilson, 
first vice-president; Matthew Cahan, 
second vice-president; Morris Sand- 
ers, treasurer; Charles Penser, finan- 
cial secretary; Moe Fraum, record- 
ing secretary; Louis Kutinsky, ser- 
geant-at-arms; and Seymour Schus- 
sel, Sol Trauner and Richard Gled- 
hill, trustees. 

Will Set Rogers Week Date 
at Luncheon Meeting Today 

Major L. E. Thompson, RKO ex- 
ecutive, will be host to industry lead- 
ers at a meeting today at the Rocke- 
feller Center Luncheon Club at 
which he will outline his plans and 
set a date for the forthcoming an- 
nual Will Rogers National Theater 

Among those invited are Will H. 
Hays, Col. J. M. Hartfield, Y. Frank 
Freeman, Charles C. Moskowitz, 
Joseph R. Vogel, Joseph Bernhard, 
Harold Rodner, Spyros P. Skouras, 
W. C. Michel, Sen. J. Henry Walters, 
Neil F. Agnew, Joseph Ungar, Wil- 
liam F. Rodgers, Gradwell L. Sears, 
John D. Clark, William Sussman, 
Jules Levy, A. W. Smith, Jr., Abe 
Montague, William A. Scully, Ed- 
ward Golden, Edward J. Peskay, 
Ralph Poucher, Arthur Greenblatt, 
Herman Robbins, Walter Trumbull, 
John W. Elwood and A. P. Wax- 

Ben Goetz, Chertok Here; 

Former Sails Tomorrow 

Ben Goetz, M-G-M's production 
chief in England, and Jack Chertok, 
in charge of short subject produc- 
tion, arrived from the Coast yester- 
day. Goetz will sail for England to- 
morrow on the Berengaria. Chertok 
will remain in New York for four 
weeks to supervise the production 
of Robert Benchley's next four 
shorts which will be made in the 

Al Lichtman. who was scheduled 
to return to New York yesterday 
from the Coast, has delayed his ar- 
rival for a week. 

Oland Fails to Report; 

Next "Chan" Pix Stopped 

H'cst Cna't Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Production of "Charlie 
Chan at the Ringside" was called 
off when Warner Oland did not re- 
port for work yesterday. Oland 
did not report on Saturday and has 
been suspended by 20th Century- 
Fox. The picture is the 17th in the 
"Chan" series and was started last 

"Mayerling" Set In 16 WB 
Theaters in Philadelphia 

I. E. Lopert of Pax Film, Inc. an- 
nounces that Warners' have booked 
"Mayerling" in 16 houses in Phila- 
delphia, starting in February. The 
Stanley in Atlantic City has also 
booked the film. 

Pax Re-elects Lopert 

E. I. Lopert, president of Pax 
Films, Inc., was reelected to that 
post at a directors' meeting held 
over the weekend. Edward Simmons 
was rejected as vice-president, S. 
P. Fisher Jr. was reelected as treas- 
urer, and William Weisman was 
elected secretary. 

cominc add Goino 

BEN GOETZ, M-C-M English production head, 

and JACK CHERTOK, head of M-C-M short 

subjects department, arrived yesterday from 
the Coast on the Century. 

GRADWELL L. SEARS, Warners' gereral 
sales manager, also arrived from thic^r* ast 
yesterday on the Century. |F- ■■' 

HERMAN WOBBER, 20th-Fox district man- 
ager on the West Coast, has arrived in New 
York for a short stay. 

BERNARD H. HYMAN, M-G-M producer, 
arrives today on the Berengaria after a two 
months' European vacation. 

HERBERT H. GRIFFIN, vice-president of In- 
ternational Projector Corp., has planed to the 

wood director, returns to the Coast on Feb. 
10 to talk over future directing assignments. 

CHARLES RICH, Warner's Metropolitan 
branch manager, returned yesterday from a 
flying trip to Washington. 

SIC WHITMAN, Universal Eastern district 
manager, returned yesterday from a trip to 
Albany and Philly. 

HARRY HUMMEL, New Jersey branch man- 
ager for Warners, leaves Saturday by boat for 
a three weeks' Florida vacation. 

O. HENRY BRIGCS, president of Pathe Film 
Corp., returned from a Florida trip yesterday. 

LOUISE KRAUSE, acting assistant president 
of IATSE, and JOHN CATELEE, New England 
official of IATSE, arrived in New York yes- 
terday. Gatelee returns to New England this 
Thursday and Krause goes on to Washington. 

JOSEPH W. FINLEY, attorney for Mninesota 
Amusement Co., arrived in New York yester- 
day on the Century. 

CLAIRE TREVOR, 20th-Fox star, arrived in 
New York yesterday from the Coast. 

ARTHUR GREENBLATT, CB Eastern division 
manager, left yesterday for a swing through 
the exchanges in Pittsburgh, Philly and Wash- 

JANE WITHERS, 20th-Fox star, leaves short- 
ly for a P.A. tour through the middle west. 

ALAN MOWBRAY and his wife are sched- 
uled to arrive in New York Saturday. 

ERROL FLYNN, Warner star, is in New 
York for a short stay. 

DICK WRICHT, Northern Ohio district man- 
ager for Warner Theaters, arrives in Holly- 
wood today for a two weeks' vacation. 

CONNIE BENNETT arrives in New York to- 
day after completing a role in "Merrily We 
Live" for Hal Roach. 

RICARDO CORTEZ and his wife are sched- 
uled to leave the Coast soon for a Florida 

LELAND HEYWARD has arrived in New 

in New York this week for a six weeks' vaca- 

PARE LORENTZ left for the Coast yesterday. 


Best wishes from The Film 
the following on their 

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Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1938 


(Continued from Page 1) 

terday. It is understood that bank- 
ing interests are willing to finance 
a deal if Hammons, president of 
Educational, will head the new en- 

Discussions in connection with 
the plan are scheduled to get under 
way shortly. Edward L. Alperson, 
GN president, is still on the Coast, 
his Eastern departure postponed. 
The deal will remain in status quo 
until Alperson arrives to sit in on 
the financing conversations. The 
Coast report that Phil Goldstone 
would head production and would be 
financially interested in the new 
setup could not be confirmed in 
New York. 

It is believed that if the deal 
goes through, Grand National will 
handle the physical distribution of 
Educational shorts but will not be 
a part of Educational. A separate 
sales organization for the shorts 
possibly working on a percentage 
basis, is believed to be favored by 


Warner Ad. Dept. Shift 

to Coast in Talk Stage 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Harry M. Warner and S. Charles 
Einfeld, vice-prexy and department 
head, it was indicated yesterday by 
Grad Sears, general sales manager. 

Mort Blumenstock, assistant ad- 
vertising and publicity director, said 
yesterday that the move was still in 
a conversational stage, but the mat- 
ter will be taken up in detail upon 
Einfeld's arrival. 

Sears himself arrived in New 
York by train yesterday after sev- 
eral weeks of conferences with com- 
pany execs at the Burbank plant. 

Sears said that the studio cur- 
rently was maintaining its rapid pro- 
duction pace. He was especially en- 
thusiastic over the Technicolor pro- 
duction, "The Adventures of Robin 
Hood", now being edited. Sears ex- 
pressed his satisfaction over the re- 
sults of the second, Sears Drive. 


Harold R. Atteridge 
Funeral services will be held at 
89-03 244th St., Bellerose, Queens, 
at 11 o'clock this morning for Har- 
old R. Atteridge, 51, librettist, who 
died Saturday at his home in Lyn- 
brook, L. I. He had been ill for 
five months. During his career he 
provided book and lyrics for more 
than 40 Shubert productions. 

with PHIL H. V>\VY 

• • • NO MORE pix that comes straight irom Walter Win- 
ch ell he said that last camera conference he talked and walked 

through at the 20th Century -Fox made a physical wreck out of him. 

and he wouldn't repeat the experience for any dough "After 

all, I've got all the money anyone can reasonably want." said Walter, 
"and it's a real nice world to live in — if you have your health." 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • ADVANCE PLUG for the ninth annual dance of 

the Press Photographers which will blast through the ball- 
rooms of the Hotel Commodore on Feb. 18 three hot bands 

will turn on the harmony-heat Eli Danzig's ork, Charles 

Youngblood and His Georgia Serenaders, and Cal's Californ- 

ians the list of stars who will make personal appearances 

will run the show through to the time the milkman crashes the 
bottles on the doorstep 

▼ T T 

• • • UP IN Harlem they are touting it as a great screen 

dish but those cullud lads call it "Pitch Black and the Seven 


▼ ▼ T 

• • • HE PUT it up to the patrons who had been yelping 

for a return to the single feature policy Buddy Wolf berg, 

operator of the Strand in Kansas City by advertising a trial 

program to see if the customers really wanted to get rid of 

double features he went to bat with "Double Wedding" and 

came right out in his newspaper ads by saying: "Here's your 
chance to do something about getting back to single features. 
Demonstrate your preference for single bills by attending 

▼ TV 

• • • MASS INTERVIEW given by Frances Farmer today 

on the platform of (he Belasco theater at 4 p.m to representatives 

from high schools and college publications the Paramount player 

is appearing in her first role on the New York stage in Clifford Odets' 

"Golden Boy" the Group Theater play that has the whole town 

talking interviewers will come in from Pennsylvania towns and 

other distant points 

T T ▼ 

• • • THIRTY-THIRD year married without switch- 
ing his leading lady so Abe Einstein of Warners in Phila- 
delphia celebrated the other nite with a dinner for close friends 

including Ed Rosenbaum, who attended the wedding of the 

happy couple ... • Lee Goldberg and the missus celebrated 
their 25th wedding anniversary at the Alms hotel in Cincin- 
nati . . . • Film folks numbering 250 attended the Stanley 
Jacques 20th anniversary testimonial dinner at the Plaza in Cin- 
cinnati, for which Arthur Frudenfeld, general manager of the 
local RKO Theaters, wrote and produced a skit, and provided 
the floor show 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • BARNSTORMING Bamberger Leon J., sales promotion 

manager of RKO Radio played to tumaway biz at the weekly 

luncheon of the Advertisers Club of Cincinnati talking on the 

subject: "My Business Is Different" wouldn't be surprised if he 

mentioned pictures and those in particular turned out by Radio 

425,000 COM. SHARES 

(Continued from Page 1) 

shares are to be underwritten and 
resold on the basis of $1.50 per 
share. A. D. Braham & Co., Inc., 
are named underwriters. Rema/_Ijg 
shares are to be divided as f oHj* - : 
75,000 shares to underwriter as bo- 
nus for sale at estimated market 
value of $1.50; underwriter to re- 
ceive 100,000 optioned shares at $1 
to $1.10; William M. Pizor, to re- 
ceive 250,000 optioned shares at $1 
to $1.30 and employes to have 111,- 
286 shares set aside at $1.25. Pi- 
zor's and employes' shares are not 
to be offered for one year. 

With proceeds to be used for debt 
reduction and working capital, ac- 
cording to announced plan, Imperial 
is to produce a minimum of 32 fea- 
tures for the coming season. Dis- 
tribution is planned through 25 
franchised exchanges. 

Paramount Action Waits on 
Move by Emanuel Cohen 

(Continued from Page 1) 

all probability Paramount would 
await Cohen's legal move before 
taking action itself. 

It is understood that Cohen has 
a contract for Gary Cooper's serv- 
ices for one picture after Cooper 
makes a picture for Samuel Gold- 

Paramount will not replace Major 
Pictures' spot on the company's 
roster with another unit, it was 


Oklahoma City — Mary Hearndon, 
booker for Southwestern Theaters 
main office here, is ill. 

New Haven, Conn. — Charlotte 
McGuigan, secretary to Harry F. 
Shaw, Loew-Poli division manager 
at New Haven, has been absent 
from her desk for more than a 
week because of a throat infection. 

Cincinnati — Maurice Straus, Ken- 
tucky representative for Big Fea- 
tures, is back on the road, hav- 
ing recovered from a broken arm. 

Cincinnati — Milt Levine, of The 

Lyric Theater, Williamson, W. Va., 

is in Martinsville, Ind., for a rest 

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Philadelphia — Harry Weiner, 
branch manager of Columbia Pic- 
tures in Pennsylvania, is at home, 
recovering from an appendix opera- 

Oklahoma City — W. T. Clark, 
manager 20th-Fox exchange here, 
is in the hospital recovering from 
an appendicitis operation. 


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of the industry's public responsibil- 
ity, Hays pointed out that the asso- 
ciation's largest task was the great 
experiment in public relations in a 
field in which 130,000,000 potential 
customers exist. "It was clear," he 
said, "that the motion picture busi- 
ness was everybody's business." 

Hays reiterated his belief that the 
success of the industry was due 
largely to self-regulation. The path 
of self-regulation, he said, means an 
industry "built upon a wider basis 
of public service and an art that can 
rise to the highest social ends." 

After touching lightly on Amer- 
ican initiative and progress, Hays 
played the motion picture industry 
in the spotlight. 

"In a single decade," he said, "this 
business waif from the side streets 
has purchased a billion dollars' worth 
of steel, stone, cement and lumber. 
It has become the biggest single cus- 
tomer of the furniture, printing and 
lithographing trades, and one of the 
heaviest taxpayers in the nation. 

"It provides steady employment 
to a population greater than the 
number of inhabitants of some of 
our states. Its payroll is one of the 
backlogs of prosperity, and it buys 
nearly $100,000,000 worth of news- 
paper, magazine and billboard ad- 
vertising annually. 

"With a capital investment of ap- 
proximately two billion dollars, it 
uses the products of 270 different in- 
dustries, arts and professions in the 
making of a single picture. Twelve 
million persons every day in this 
country see motion pictures — the 
principal amusement of all the peo- 
ple in the world and the sole recrea- 
tion of millions and millions." 

Hays then outlined the part pic- 
tures have played in portraying 
great works of literature, drama and 
history. All this is another achieve- 
ment, he asserted, of the American 
creative spirit, in an art and an in- 
dustry "left free to develop and to 
discharge a public service under a 
system of self-regulation, uninflu- 
enced by political censorship or sub- 
servient to propaganda. It is an- 
other great item of What's Right 
With America." 

Radio as Sub for Dailies 

Portland, Ore.— With this city's 
three dailies suspended as a result 
of a printers' strike, all local ex- 
hibs yesterday used heavy radio 
plugs on features. 

Byrd Doubles as Mine Host 

Cincinnati — Herb Byrd, The Ohio 
Theater, Dayton, is now proprietor 
of the Frank Stephens Cafe. 

"Flesli" Protection 

Chicago — And now it's protection on 
"flesh" acts. 

B & K booking office is demanding 
30-day protection on all flesh acts 
playing their Loop theaters. 

A "JUtiU" hot* "Lots 



Vaude Troupe for Films 

JIM Porter's Boys and Girls, a 
well known vaudeville troupe of 
former years, will make their screen 
debut in a short time as a result of 
interest shown in them by Director 
Sidney Lanfield. Lanfield, when he 
was a vaudeville star, before turn- 
ing film director, spent a year on 
tour on the same bill with the 

Recently the group, which has 
been playing small time vaudeville 
in the east and south for the past 
three years, had a film test made 
and sent it to Lanfield, who has 
shown it to several other studio 
executives at 20th Century-Fox, to 
whom he is under contract, with 
the result that they are now looking 
for a suitable spot for the first film 
appearance of Jim Porter's Boys 
and Girls. 

T T T 

"Three Comrades" Principals 

Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan 

and Robert Young will have the 
three principal roles in M-G-M's 
forthcoming production, "Three 
Comrades." This is an adaptation 
of the novel by Erich Maria Re- 
marque, which is listed as one of 
the outstanding properties of 1938 
at the Culver City studios. Taylor 
will play Eric, Miss Sullavan Pa- 
tricia and Young will have the part 
of Lenz. Joseph Mankiewicz is the 

T T T 

20th-Fox Working on Last 10 

With seven pictures now before 
the cameras, Darryl F. Zanuck, pro- 
duction chief at 20th Century-Fox, 
has in preparation the final 10 films 
for the 1937-38 season. It is ex- 
pected that the entire schedule of 
releases will have been in produc- 
tion by the end of February. 

▼ T T 

Goldsmith Joining Universal 

Leaving Monogram, Ken Gold- 
smith is joining Universal in a pro- 
duction post. 

IATSE Executives Here Early Naming of British 

on Contract with Exchanges . Trade Commission Expected 

(Continued from Page 1) 

conditions of film exchange em- 
ployes in 31 key cities. 

Krause, Gatelee and other offi- 
cials are to consider majors' counter 
proposal submitted last week fol- 
lowing conferences of both parties 
to the agreement. Union officials 
yesterday were studying document 
forwarded by A. Montague, Colum- 
bia sales manager, who has as- 
sumed unofficial chairmanship of 
Jistributors' forces. 

It is expected meeting will be 
neld today or tomorrow despite the 
fact that negotiators have not been 
in contact since their arrival. Ten- 
or of meetings has been friendly 
and no difficulty is anticipated; 
main dividing issue is reported to 
be period of contract with distribu- 
tors seeking long term. 

Negatives Safe As Fire 

Damages N. J. Exchange 

Bound Brook, N. J. — Damage set 
at about $10,000 was caused here 
yesterday by a series of explosions 
and a fire in the boiler room of 
Pathe Exchange, Inc., a two-story 
warehouse. Preliminary survey 
showed fire destroyed scrap film and 
old positives, with negatives remain- 
ing untouched in vaults. Valuable 
United Artists, RKO and Monogram 
negative were unharmed. Building 
suffered most of estimated loss. 

"Tovarich" Gets An Alias 

Warners are releasing "Tovar- 
ish" in Argentine, Peru, Chile and 
Uruguay under title of "This Night 
is Ours." 

(Continued from Page 1) 

with a similar group of American 
commercial representatives the 
question of regulation of commodi- 
ties, including films, between the 
two countries. First of the trade 
pact conversations is slated to get 
under way on or about Feb. 15. 

Sources close to the Foreign Of- 
fice here are of the opinion that 
even if the deputation does not in- 
clude a member of the British film 
industry, it will certainly embrace 
at least one, and probably more, in- 
dividuals capable of authoritatively 
presenting the film problems and po- 
sition of the United Kingdom at the 

Belief is rising here that no de- 
cisive action will be taken by Par- 
liament with respect to the pending 
Films Bill (Quota Act) until a full 
report has been filed by the British 
Trade Commission pursuant to the 
discussion of a bi-lateral arrange- 
ment with the U. S. 

Louis Berg Is Appointed 

GB's Publicity Manager 

Louis Berg, for the past year Gau- 
mont British publicity assistant and 
before that in similar capacity at 
UA, was named GB publicity man- 
ager yesterday by Arthur A. Lee, 
vice-president and general manager. 
Berg, veteran newspaperman, as- 
sumes post immediately. At the 
same time, Lee appointed Charles 
Garrett head of advertising produc- 
tion. Jack Savage continues as art 
director with Peggy Goldberg han- 
dling fan magazine publicity. Al- 
bert Margolies heads GB advertis- 
ing and publicity department, re- 
cently named to the post following 
one year as publicity chief. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

between Martin Smith of Ohio and 
Sidney Samuelson of New Jersey. 
The general consensus of opinion 
was that Nathan Yamins wo'MF- not 
be drafted again this year due to 
his desire to step out and the ill- 
ness of Mrs. Yamins. 

Among those who have already 
checked in at the swanky Carlton 
Hotel, scene of the two-day pow- 
wow of Allied big shots are A. M. 
Richey, Detroit; Ray Branch, Hast- 
ings, Mich., president State Allied 
Association; Pete Wood, Ohio; Holy 
Cross, Indiana; Maurice Rubens, In- 
diana and others. Other members 
expected to attend include Arthur 
K. Howard of New England, Col. 
H. A. Cole of Texas, Irving Dol- 
linger, Fred Harrington of Pitts- 
burgh, M. E. RosenDerg, Roy Tesch, 
J. McWilliams, Aaron Saperstein, 
Dr. J. B. Fishman, Arthur Price, S. 
A. Hornig and Herman Blum. 

Observers feel Allied will attempt 
to tie together Capitol Hill and the 
Justice Department in a battle to 
advance the North Dakota law 
divorcing exhibition and production. 

"That's swell," Richey said last 
night when informed that Con- 
gressmen Boren and Hobbs would 
sit in on Allied conferences. "I am 
glad to know that because I feel 
that the coming conference will be 
quite productive of good in long- 
distance planning to foster the in- 
terests of the independent exhibi- 
tor. Interest is very keen in ad- 
vancing the theory behind the North 
Dakota divorce law which I in- 
terpret as the prospective Boren 
bill in principle." 

When questioned as to whether 
the Allied-Paramount complaint 
case might be discussed in execu- 
tive meeting, Richey replied: "No, 
I consider that dead and as a mat- 
ter of fact I never gave the com- 
plaint idea any support." 

The sessions are expected to be 
highlighted by the mapping out of 
a definite program to combat radio 
competition. It is understood that 
a plan has been perfected and will 
be submitted to the board for ap- 

The meetings are slated to end 
tomorrow afternoon. 


"Air King" Again 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Los Angeles — For the second suc- 
cessive year, Andre Kostelanetz, or- 
chestra conductor, has won the dis- 
tinction of being the most traveled 
commercial airplane passenger, accord- 
ing to an announcement made here 
jointly by four commercial air lines. 
During 1937 alone, he journeyed 136,- 
200 miles by air, a figure attained 
principally through his transcontinental 
jaunts between New York and Holly- 


Tuesday, Jan. 18,1938 




Salt Lake City — "Bank Nights" 
and "Ten-o-win" nights at 11 Utah 
theaters were ordered discontinued 
with the mailing of cease and desist 
orders by the Utah State Trade Com- 
mis sias- 

TF live orders to owners of the 
theaters, prepared by Edward F. 
Richards, attorney for the commis- 
sion and signed by Gus P. Backman, 
chairman, and J. H. McGibbeny, ex- 
; ecutive secretary, charged the games 
were carried on "for the purpose of 
injuring competition or where the 
effect thereof may be substantially 
j to lessen competition." 

Theaters cited in the complaints 
were listed as follows: 

Tower and Roxy of Salt Lake 
City; Ogden, Egyptian, Paramount, 
Lyceum and Colonial of Ogden; 
Roxy, Grand, Capitol and Lyric of 

Bergen County Prosecutor 
Cracks Down on Giveaways 

Hackensack, N. J. — Bergen Coun- 
ty prosecutor's office yesterday 
■cracked down on Bank Night and 
"other lotteries", exhibs being ad- 
'vised that prosecution would follow 
'if games were continued. 
l Action follows Chancellor Camp- 
. bell's move dismissing an applica- 
tion for an injunction to restrain 
ithe prosecutor from interferring 
[with Bank Nights. Application was 
Lmade on behalf of the Ritz theater 
of Garfield and was dismissed be- 
cause it was never pressed. Merits 
of the case were not argued. Prose- 
cutor Breslin had agreed with man- 
agers to permit Bank Night contin- 
uance pending outcome of court ac- 
tion on other suits. Indications are 
courts will soon decide whether 
Bank Nights are lotteries and vio- 
late the anti-gambling laws. 

Bank Night Replacement 

Moves On In Oklahoma 

Oklahoma City — With the demise 
)f Bank Night in Oklahoma exhibs 

^ire grabbing at Bank-Roll, Wahoo 

'ind Lucky Strike. 

. The Hollywood Amusement Co. 

j.ias opened offices here with Dan 

Meyers in charge and one of games 
s set for local use. Griffith has been 
esting for its 175-house circuit. Hit 
:ood at Okmulgee in the Orpheum. 
Bank Roll has been gaining popu- 

j arity in Maud and West Tulsa, two 
ither test points as well. 

Col. Davie Sells House 

Cincinnati — Col. C. E. Davie, New 
straightsville, has sold his theater 
t Shawnee. 



Button, Button 

Okmulgee. Okla. — A dozen buttons 
served as admission to a special chil- 
dren's show put on by the Yale theater 
here, with receipts going to the WPA 
sewing room. 


"The Bad Man of 

with Wallace Beery, Virginia Bruce, 

Dennis O'Keefe 

M-G-M 90 Mins. 


This western should be great entertain- 
ment for any audience. Beside the usual 
action and gun-play there is an excellent 
dramatic story that has romance, villainly 
and pathos nicely blended. Wallace Beery 
has a great role as the lovable bad-man, 
and he makes the most of it. The rest 
of the cast is probably the most outstand- 
ing supporting cast that has been seen in 
many a moon. Virginia Bruce and Den- 
nis O'Keefe have the principal supporting 
roles, and they both give fine perform- 
ances, with O'Keefe, a newcomer to the 
screen, a welcome addition to the rank 
of leading men. Bruce Cabot, Guy Kib- 
bee, Lewis Stone, Joseph Calleia and Noah 
Beery are a few of the outstanding players 
who more than adequately support the 
principals. The direction of J. Walter 
Ruben is fine, and the photography of 
Clyde Devinna is exceptionally good, with 
the beautiful locations showing to great 
advantage on the sepia tone film. All in 
all the picture is good and no audience 
could fail to enjoy it. The whole cast, 
one by one, deserves mention for their 
roles, as they are all good. Beery is the 
bad man of Brimstone. After holding up 
a stage he is confronted by O'Keefe in a 
saloon with a charge that he is a crook. 
Beery throws O'Keefe's watch on the 
table and dares him to pick it up, but dis- 
covers the boy is his son when he sees 
a picture of his wife inside the cover. 
Beery protects O'Keefe without revealing 
his identity, and arranges for his educa- 
tion. O'Keefe leaves Virginia Bruce be- 
hind as his fiancee, and returns three 
years later as a U. S. Marshal. He dis- 
covers that Virginia's father, Lewis Stone, 
is acting as the judge for the 
bandits, headed by Beery, that control the 
town. Guy Kibbee is shot by Bruce Cabot 
and O'Keefe brings him to trial for the 
murder of his friend. The gang demands 
a showdown and when the gunfighters 
try to charge the Marshal's office, Beery 
and Calleia, his only remaining friend, 
side with O'Keefe and wipe the gang out 
with the exception of Cabot who vows 
vengeance. Beery refuses amnesty as he 
knows that he must kill Cabot first to 
protect his son. Beery kills Cabot and 
returns to watch O'Keefe marry Virginia 
through a window before he is taken to 
be hung by the authorities of the city 
where he shot Cabot. 

CAST: Wallace Beery, Virginia Bruce, 
Dennis O'Keefe, Joseph Calleia, Lewis 
Stone, Guy Kibbee, Bruce Cabot, Cliff Ed- 
wards, Guinn Williams, Arthur Hohl, Noah 
Beery, John Qualen, Charley Grapewin, 
Robert Barrat, Scotty Beckett. 

CREDITS: Producer, Harry Rapf; Direc- 
tor, J. Walter Ruben; Original Story, J. 
Walter Ruben and Maurice Rapf; Screen- 
play, Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum; 
Editor, Frank Sullivan; Cameraman, Clyde 


"The Jury's Secret" 

with Kent Taylor, Fay Wray, Larry Blake 
Universal 66 Mins. 


In this murder meller, the audience is 
let in on who the criminal is, and then 
sits back as a damaging case is built up 
against an innocent person on purely cir- 
cumstantial evidence. Kent Taylor is cast 
in the role of the murderer, driven to the 
crime to save thousands of investors in 
a public utilities corporation as the pluto- 
crat in control of power and light facilities 
threatens to wreck the company to further 
his own ends. As he escapes from the 
scene of the crime, in walks Larry Blake, 
a leader of the working classes, come to 
secure relief for them from the mogul 
through river levee work that he controls. 
The financier is found stabbed to death, 
with the innocent man in the room. And 
so into the court trial sequences, and then 
the jury room, where the real suspense 
develops as the murderer, a member of 
the jury, fights against a guilty verdict. 
The romantic interest is worked in by 
having a girl reporter (Fay Wray) from 
the big city plead with the man she loves 
to serve on the jury, little realizing that 
he is the guilty man. The result is a 
hung jury, and the climax comes when 
Fay Wray discovers her sweetheart is the 
criminal, and her influence forces him to 
give himself up and save an innocent man. 
The trouble with this film is that the 
sympathies are divided between the guilty 
and the innocent man, with both getting 
about an equal play in the acting honors. 
Kent Taylor and Larry Blake acquit them- 
selves with merit. Fay Wray is not quite 
up to the demands of a part that calls 
for some emotional acting. The direction 
of Ted Sloman is handicapped by a scenario 
that is too mechanized in its action. 

CAST: Kent Taylor, Fay Wray, Larry 
Blake, Nan Gray, Jane Darwell, Samuel 
S. Hinds, Halliwell Hobbes, Leonard Mudie, 
Lillian Elliott, Fritz Leiber, Granville Bates, 
Virginia Sale. 

CREDITS: Producer, Edmund Grainger, 
Director, Ted Sloman; Author, Lester Cole; 
Screenplay, Lester Cole, Newman A. Levy; 
Cameraman, Milton Krasner. 


House Tax Com. to Hear 
Wood, and Vincent Friday 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAlLY 

Washington — Pete J. Wood, sec- 
retary of the ITO of Ohio, and Wal- 
ter Vincent of Wilmer & Vincent, 
are scheduled to appear before the 
House Ways and Means Committee 
studying taxation to testify for the 
industry on admissions taxes on 
Friday, it was learned yesterday. 

Local 54 Calls Strike 

Charging that Harry Ross, main- 
tenance employe, was discharged 
without cause, Local 54, Service Em- 
ployes in Amusement and Cultural 
Buildings, A F of L affiliate, yester- 
day called a strike against Jackson 
Theater, 82nd St. and Roosevelt 
Ave., Queens. Four union members 
have walked out, it was reported. 

$2,986,372 IN 1937 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Extras in coast stu- 
dios earned $2,986,372 in 1937 ac- 
cording to figures released yester- 
day by Central Casting Bureau. 
This is an increase of $565,919 over 
1936. Total placements for the 
year showed an increase of 294,307 
extras obtaining employment in 
1937 as compared to 268,436 in 1936. 

In the January-June pre-Guild 
period, there were 128,101 place- 
ments at a cost to the studios of 
$1,173,038.94. In the last six months 
under the Guild contract, there 
were 166,206 placements, with total 
payroll of $1,813,333.95. 

Digest of the figures released 
shows that in 1937 the extras re- 
ceived an average daily wage of 
$10.03, increase of $1 over preced- 
ing year. Figured on a seven month 
basis beginning with June 1, 1937, 
when the contract with the Screen 
Actors Guild was signed, the aver- 
age daily wage of the extra has been 

The average daily placement in 
1937 was 944, a gain of 86 jobs per 
day. The total average daily place- 
ment when broken down shows that 
637 men, 567 women and 48 chil- 
dren found daily employment as 
extras. In the 12 months 198,922 
men extras were paid $1,773,675. 
In the same period 87,741 women 
extras were paid $792,900. The 
statistics reveal that 4,354 boys 
were employed and paid 331,664. 
The number of girls who worked as 
extras was 3,290 and they received 

The gain in the year was made 
on the part of adult extras, both 
men and women showing a sub- 
stantial increase in the number of 
placements. In the boy and girl 
class, the number of jobs fell off. 

O'Shea and Maw Will Be 
Honored at Buffalo Dinner 

Buffalo, N. Y. — A double testimon- 
ial dinner in honor of E. K. "Ted" 
O'Shea and Ralph W. Maw will be 
held here Jan. 31 at the Hotel Stat- 
ler. Event is being staged by the 
Buffalo Variety Club, Tent No. 7. 
O'Shea, formerly of Buffalo, recent- 
ly became M-G-M's eastern district 
manager with headquarters in New 
York City, while Maw has been 
moved into O'Shea's former post as 
branch manager in Buffalo. 

Censors Banned 19 

Toronto — Summary of censorship in 
Canada in 1937, just completed by the 
Canadian Film Boards of Trade, shows 
total number of condemnations in 1937 
by eight censor boards was 19 features, 
or an average of less than three fea- 
ture picture condemnations per board. 
Ten of the condemnations were made 
by the censors of Quebec Province. 
A curious feature of the situation is 
that 25 per cent of the pictures con- 
demned in 1925 were British. 

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VC )73. NO. 15 



Allied Picks Pittsburgh/ to Work Through Congress 


M of Vs "Inside Nazi Germany Barred in Chicago 


. . . no' substitute 


THE estimable Grad Sears said a couple 
of mourhsful when, upon quitting Hol- 
lywood for the East, he let go with both 
verbal barrels at "destructive giveaways," 
"country stores," "turkey nights," etc., 
and called for a return to old-fashioned 
industry showmanship. 

It may have been said before, but cer- 
tainly it was never phrased more tellingly 
or more directly than in these three sen- 
tences by Warners' distribution chief. 

"The sooner every exhibitor in the 
country, and this goes for large or small, 
realizes that he is in direct partnership 
with every producer in Hollywood, so soon 
will he realize his obligation to this indus- 
try. Motion picture theaters were built 
for motion pictures. They were not con- 
structed for the purpose of being used as 
fcimbling halls, or for lotteries." 

— • — 

AT this point, it seems permissible to 
point out that individual, indepen- 
dent exhibitors alone have not been guilty 
of the offense against the industry speci- 
fied in the Sears indictment. 

Theater circuits, including those with 
studio affiliations, have resorted to these 
same "destructive giveaways," and for rea- 
sons which their managements undoubtedly 
felt were sound. 

No need to elaborate upon those rea- 
sons now; they're universally known if 
not wholly understood. The fact that they 
have existed, may continue to exist, how- 
ever serves to emphasize that the problem 
is one for the industry collectively to 

The exhibitor, "large or small," cannot 
do it alone. 

THAT by no means detracts from this 
' further Sears truism: 

"Unless exhibitors infuse showmanship 
into their operations, it's going to be a 
tragic thing for the entire motion picture 

There is a substitute for games; there 
is none for showmanship. 

And that, gentlemen, is very much that. 

New Issue Will be Shown 

Here Tomorrow At 

Newsreel Theater 

Banned by the Chicago Board of 
Censors on the grounds that it is 
unfriendly to the Hitler Govern- 
ment and likely to create public 
resentment against a nation friend- 
ly with the U. S., latest issue of 
The March of Time, "Inside Nazi 

{Continued on Page 10) 


Show Baird Tele 

Detroit — What is heralded as the j 
first U. S. showing of a Baird televi- 
sion receiving set will take place Fri- 
day at the opening of the fourth an- 
nual Detroit and Michigan Exposition. 
Plans call for televising on the conven- 
tion floor. 


Charles E. Ford, who last week 
resigned as managing director of the 
Universal Newsreel, will produce 
two new short subjects and direct 
special sequences on a forthcoming 
Universal feature before severing 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Phil Goldstone, who is said to be 
identified with the reported reorgan- 
ization of Grand National, arrived 
in New York from the Coast yes- 
terday but was non-committal re- 
garding his position in the proposed 

"It's a peculiar situation," he told 
The Film Daily, "and I am not at 
liberty to talk about it just now. I 
am here to do something for some- 

{Continued on Page 6) 

Quemos Suit Defendants' Sales Chiefs, Union Aides 

Dismissal Pleas Weighed to Meet on Exchange Pact 

Newark, N. J. — Proceedings in 
the $3,525,000 anti-trust suit 
brought by the Quemos Theater Co. 
against major distributors and 
others are stayed until Federal 
Judge Guy Fake rules on the pleas 

(.Continued on Page 9) 

Following study of distributors' 
counter-proposal to IATSE master 
agreement containing terms of em- 
ployment of film exchange workers 
nationally, sales managers of eight 
majors and union officials, headed by 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Indicated Allied'* Future Policy Will Be 
To Seek Its Aims Through Congress 

Hollywood Hotel Revue 

Asks Warner Injunction 

Hearing will be held next Tuesday 
in the Supreme Court of New York 
County relative to a temporary in- 
junction being issued against War- 
ner Bros. Pictures, Inc., and Vita- 
graph, Inc., over the use of the Hol- 
lywood Hotel Revue title and the- 

(Continued on Page 10) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Next national con- 
vention of Allied States will be held 
in Pittsburgh in late May or early 
June, it was announced here yes- 
terday as the Allied board meeting 
at the Carlton Hotel opened with a 
large and representative attendance 
of 52 unit leaders. 

Strongly indicating that the fu- 

(Continued on Page 10) 

MPPDA President Expected 

to Urge Industry 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Will H. Hays, film 
industry administrator, has arrived 
here from Philadelphia, where, on 
Monday night he was formally pre- 
sented with the Poor Richard Club's 
Gold Medal of Achievement for his 
contributions to the advancement of 
motion pictures. 

Visit of the MPPDA chieftain here 
is closely linked, in the opinion of 
observers, to the forthcoming trade 

(Continued on Page 4) 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Edward Small has 
signed a contract to produce six 
pictures yeai'ly over a period of 
years for release by United Artists. 
He owns several properties, includ- 
ing "The Man in the Iron Mask" 
by Alexandre Dumas. He plans 
to place his. first picture in pro- 
duction within 60 days. 

Whitney and Selznick Would 
Buy Fairbanks' UA Interest? 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Official sources give 
little credence to the report that Da- 
vid O. Selznick and Samuel Gold- 
(Continued on Page 10) 

What, iV© Credit? 

For the use of patrons, the manage- 
ment of the 55th St. Playhouse, where 
World's "The Life and Loves of Beeth- 
oven" is now playing, has a lobby sug- 
gestion-complaint box. Among notes 
dropped in the other day was one in 
which a patron, remarking upon the ex- 
cellent music, complained the screen 
credits failed to identify the composer 
of the score who, observed the fan. 
obviously was a musician who knew 
his art. 


Vol. 73, No. 15 Wed., Jan. 19, 1938 10 Cents 



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Ascap Retains Wideman 

for Fight on Fla. Ban 

Frank J. Wideman, Washington 
and West Palm Beach attorney, has 
been retained by Ascap to fight its 
contemplated suit against the State 
of Florida where it will seek to 
test the constitutionality of the re- 
cently enacted anti-Ascap law, 
Wideman, is senior member of the 
law firm of Wideman, Wardlaw & 
Caldwell. He is a former assistant 
U. S. attorney and preceded Rob- 
ert H. Jackson in office. Since the 
law was enacted, Ascap has not 
been doing business in Florida. 
Likewise in Montana and Washing- 

Imperial Amends Option 

Price; $1.50 to Prevail 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Imperial Pictures 
Inc. yesterday filed an amendment 
with the SEC to its registration 
statement consisting of several clari- 
fying items. All optioned shares are 
listed at $1.50 subject to change in- 
stead of varying prices as in the 
original statement. The shares will 
be listed on New York exchange at 
prevailing prices when they become 

Other SEC action included filing 
of a request by International Cin- 
ema, Inc. to withdraw its effective 
registration statement. 

Sterilization Feature Pix 

is Screened For Court 

Albany — Appellate Division of the 
Supreme Court yesterday attended a 
showing of the film "Tomorrow's 
Children," which deals with the 
problem of sterilization of the un- 
fit. State Commissioner of Educa- 
tion Frank P. Graves has banned the 
film, but counsel for the distribu- 
tors appealed, contending 1 Commis- 
sioner's censorship right extends 
only to specific improprieties in pic- 
tures and not to a general ban be- 
cause of subject matter. Commis- 
sioner, however, has to date never 
been overruled on a film censorship 

Newsreel Execs, Casey and 
Local 52 Officials Meet 

Newsreel officials, Pat Casey, pro- 
ducers' labor contact and officials of 
Local 52, Studio and Sound Techni- 
cians, met at Casey's office yesterday 
to discuss contract terms. No final 
decision was reached and next meet 
was put off until next week, Casey 

UA Pix In 70 Houses 

Detroit — Check of theater ads 
showed 70 local houses — about 40 
per cent of total — playing United 
Artists pictures over the week- 
end change. 


Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1938 

Bill Would Authorize 

Federal Films Agency 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DALLY 

Washington — Sen. Elmer Thomas 
of Oklahoma yesterday introduced a 
bill to create the Office of Motion 
Pictures in the Government Printing 
Office to supervise production of mo- 
tion pictures for Government agen- 

The bill is apparently a compan- 
ion measure to one introduced in 
May, 1937, by Rep. Schulte of In- 
diana for the same purpose. Schulte's 
bill is now before the Printing Com- 
mittee, marking time until the Pres- 
ident's reorganization plan goes 
through. Schulte told The Film 
Daily, when informed of Thomas' 
bill, that he would get in touch with 
him today to confer on both bills 
and discuss the possibility of im- 
mediate action in both branches. 

Eastern Service Studios 

to Enlarge Its Facilities 

In line with extensive program to 
enlarge facilities of Eastern Service 
Studios, optical department, headed 
by Alex Gansell, is to be moved to 
Quarters at the Astoria, L. I., plant 
this week, it was announced yester- 
day. Construction is being rushed 
to make available space needed for 
other departments. It is understood 
that a number of personnel appoint- 
ments are to be announced soon. 

N. J. Exhib Out on Bail 

In Lottery Ban Violation 

Maurice T. Katz, of 635 West 
170th St., Manhattan, the manager 
of a film theater in Lyndhurst, N. 
J., was freed in $500 bail yesterday 
after having been arrested on a 
charge of conducting a lottery in his 
theater bv holding a "bango" game 
for the audience against the mandate 
issued on Mondav by Prosecutor 
John J. Breslin. of Bergen County, 
against the conduct of Bank Night 
and "other lotteries." Breslin warned 
that prosecution would follow any 
violation of his edict. 

Gillis Follows LaVine 

tn Rep's Philly Post 

Max Gillis, who has been Colum- 
bia salesman for 11 vears, yesterday 
was named to succeed Harry LaVine 
as Philadelphia branch manager for 
Republic. LaVine was recently 
named one of two Republic eastern 
district sales supervisors. 


Telephone operator and Receptionist. 
Well experienced and competent to 
handle one or two position plug board. 
Thoroughly familiar with motion pic- 
ture names and numbers. Formerly 
with Grand National. Can furnish first 
class references. 


1501 B'way N. Y. C. 

WILL H. HAYS, film industry administratoi 
arrived in Washington yesterday from Phila 
delphia. He will return to New York thi 

G. C. PRATT, vice-president in . -'"rge o 
Erpi's West Coast activities, arriv( i Nei 
York yesterday for home office cw .e'rence! 

HARRY KOHLMAR, production executive fo 
Samuel Goldwyn, is in New York for a 10-da 

FRANK V. KENNEBECK, manager of Para 
mount's Bombay, India, office, arrives ii 
New York Friday on the Roma. 

ARCHIE MAYO, Hollywood director, arrivf 
in New York tomorrow on the Lafayette. May 
directed "The Adventures of Marco Polo 
for Samuel Goldwyn before he left on h 
European vacation. 

EARL WINCART, 20th-Fox publicity he. 
left for Cleveland last night. He will retur 
here Friday. 

E. K. "TED" O'SHEA, Eastern divisio 
manager for M-G-M, returns today from 
trip to Charlotte and Washington. 

CHARLES O'REILLY, president of Sanitai 
Automatic Candy Corp., is in Florida for 
three-week vacation. 

SIDNEY HOWARD is on the Coast for 
short stay. 

WALTER HANLON, advertising director | 
Movie Mirror and other MacFadden public. 
tions, is on the Coast for conferences. 

LEO CARRILLO leaves the Coast next wee 
on an extended vacation trip that will tad 
him to Mexico City, New Orleans, Washingto 
and New York. 

PHIL RECAN is due back on the Coast ne 
week after a vacation trip East. 

FRANCIS LEDERER and his wife, MARC! 
leave the Coast this week for a New Yoi 

BEN GOETZ. M-C-M English productio 
head, sails today on the Berengaria. 

MARY BRIAN is staying at the Warwick. 

Equity Names Windust 

as MacKenna Successo 

Bretaigne Windust has bee 
named to succeed Kenneth Mai 
Kenna as a member of Actoi 
Equity Council. MacKenna resigne 
to join M-G-M's eastern story dep 

Depinet Going to Coast 

Ned E. Depinet is expected t'j 
leave for Hollywood shortly to joii 
discussions there on RKO Radio strTv 
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Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — MPTOA has made 
no choice of city for its 1938 na- 
tional convention, reports to the 
contrary notwithstanding, it was 
stated here yesterday by Ed Kuy- 
kendall, prexy of the exhib. organ- 
ization, here for a visit en route to 
New York City. 

Denying that Chicago had been 
selected, as published elsewhere, 
Kuykendall told The Film Daily 
that the dates for the convention 
as well as for the forthcoming par- 
ley of the board were undetermined. 

Kuykendall described his visit 
here to contact various members of 
Congress as "routine," declared he 
was not "particularly interested" in 
any pending legislation, and fore- 
cast defeat at the present session 
for all industry regulatory meas- 

Questioned as to any develop- 
ments in the MPTOA's drive for a 
trade practice program, Kuykendall 
said that the drive was proceeding. 

Universal Gives C. E. Ford 
a Production Assignment 

(Continued from Page 1) 

connections with the company, The 
Film Daily learned yesterday. 

Ford, who returns from a Florida 
vacation Jan. 31, will be occupied in 
the East for about a month. Work 
on the feature was assigned by 
Charles R. Rogers, Universal vice- 
president in charge of production. 
On completing the three assign- 
ments, Ford is expected to leave to 
assume a Hollywood production post. 


Morris Burger 
Rites for Morris Burger, 80, who 
died Monday at his home, 27 West 
96th St., after a long illness, will 
be heM at 2 p.m. today at Park 
West Memorial Chapel, 115 West 
79th St. Burger is survived by his 
wife, S^rah, one son, Samuel, who 
is a M-G-M traveling foreign rep- 
resentative and is now in Bombay, 
and three daughters, Mrs. Buddy 
Lubin, Mrs. Frances Kopp and Mrs. 
Rose Burger. 

Francis X. Kormann 

Montreal — Francis Xavier Kor- 
mann, 76, former Ontario and 
Quebec theater manager, is dead at 
St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto. 
He was a brother-in-law of the late 
Ambrose Small, theater magnate, 
whose mysterious disappearance 18 
years ago has never been solved. 

Louis M. Boas 
Boston — Louis M. Boas, well- 
known theater operator, died here 
Monday. Boas was at one time a 
partner of Marcus Loew. 


with PHIL M. DALY 

• • • SALUTE to Charles C. Moskowitz head of theater 

operations of Loew's, Inc for tomorrow marks his twenty-fifth 

anniversary not only in the industry but with one organization 

a record of continuous and vitally important service that it would 

be hard to match 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • ONE OF the Horatio Alger stories of the film biz is 

to be found in the career of "C.C." it has been truly said 

that his personal history for a quarter century parallels the im- 
portant events of the motion picture he started from hum- 
ble beginnings, and is proud to admit it which is one of 

the distinguishing characteristics of the truly great 

T ▼ T 

• • • HE WORKED his way through the New York University 

School of Commerce in the evenings holding a job during the 

day as an accountant early in January, 1913, he placed a want 

ad in the paper for a job as junior accountant, desiring to make a 

change David Bernstein personally answered that ad, on the 

stationery of the People's Vaudeville Company young Charles 

got the job 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • HE WAS told to start work in the bookkeeping 

dep't Jan. 20 on Jan. 18, Loew's Avenue B theater opened, 

on the site on which Marcus Loew was born C. C. then 

lived on Fourth Street, right around the corner he well 

remembers standing wistfully looking at the crowds milling in 
to the theater of the organization he was going to start working 

for in a couple of days he was wistful because he did not 

have the price of a ticket as soon as he was on the payroll, 

he got a pass every week to the Avenue B 

T ▼ T 

• • • THE YOUNG bookkeeper was soon headed for his career 
as a theater exec Nicholas Schenck started him off as pinch-hit- 
ter and general utility man on the night shift in the theater string 

Loew's at that time comprised about a dozen New York houses 

with offices in the American Theater Building on Forty-second and 

Eighth from 8:30 to 6 Charles was a bookkeeper adding figures 

from 6 to 11 p. m. he was a theater man helping to make those 

figures he has been making figures for Loew's ever since 

and WHAT figures! see Dun & Bradstreet for details 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • VAUDEVILLE was all the rage in those days 

about 1920 Messrs. Marcus Loew, Schenck, Bernstein et al re- 
alized the vital need for securing a steady flow of pictures 

they bought Metro Pictures Corp with an imposing set-up 

of two stars count 'em Bert Lytel, Viola Dana 

in 1916 the company had moved to the Putnam Building, where 

the Paramount now stands then, in 1921, to Loew's State 


▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • THROUGH the years Charles Moskowitz has seen the 
Loew Company grow from humble beginnings to a mighty organization 

spanning the globe employing over 20,000 people permanently 

and that word "permanent" gave Mister Moskowitz the appro- 
priate closing thought for our interview "Our list of employes 

in lengthy service is probably bigger than that of all other film 
companies combined. No employe, no matter how small his job, is 
ever lost in the shuffle. That accounts for the Loew and M-G-M loyalty, 

which is traditional in the industry." C. C. Moskowitz we 

salute you on a most Happy Anniversary for yourself and 

the entire film biz 



(Continued from Page 1) 

pact conversations which will get 
under way in the national , r>ital 
the middle of next month Dv.*?een 
representatives of Great Britain and 
the United States. Since films con- 
stitute one of the more prominent 
items of commerce between the two 
countries, and this commodity was 
specifically proposed for discussion 
on the list submitted by the State 
Department to the British Foreign 
Office, Hays' presence at the capitol 
at this time occasions no surprise, i 

One point essential to the success 
of the trade parleys as they pertain 
to films, is expected to concern Gen- 
eral Hays during his stay locally — 
the designation of a thoroughly 
qualified American film representa- 
tive or representatives directly ap- 
pointed to the U. S. body of nego- 
tiators, or in sufficiently close as- 
sociation with the commission that 
the collective viewpoints of Amer- 
ican producers and distributors will 
be efficiently and effectively delin- 

Sales Chiefs, Union Aides 
to Meet on Exchange Pact 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Louis Krause, assistant president of 
IATSE, and John Gatelee, New Eng- 
land officer, are to meet today at two 
P.M. at Warner Bros, home office. 

A. Montague, Columbia sales man- 
ager, is expected to handle the gavel. 
Parties have reached general accord 
with no great obstacles in view; 
neither is there a rush since both 
parties have respected verbal agree- 
ment following expiration of writ 
ten contract last Fall. 

Variety Club to Install 

Cleveland — Cleveland Variet; 
Club's newly elected officers will be 
formally installed Saturday. They 
are Dave Miller, chief barker; Nat 
Wolf, 1st vice-president; J. S. Jos- 
sey, second vice-president; I. J. 
Schmertz, treasurer and Frank 
Boyd, secretary. 


Detroit — Mrs. Joe Tracy, wife offl 
the First National booker, is re-l 
covering from an operation in Har-j 
per Hospital. 

Baltimore — Franchot Tone, film 
star, has entered Johns Hopkins 
Hospital here for what was 
described as a general physical 


Yes, they're 



week at the 
N.Y. Strand! 



Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1938 


(Continued from Page 1) 

body else and that's about all I can 
say about it." 

Goldstone plans to remain in New 
York a week. 

Although both E. W. Hammons, 
president of Educational, and Gold- 
stone have been reported as figuring 
in the GN setup, Hammons said yes- 
terday he had not talked to Gold- 
stone and did not know how the lat- 
ter fitted into the picture. 

Meanwhile, it is understood that 
a number of banking firms have ap- 
proached Hammons with various 
proposals for financing the GN deal. 


Gordon to Open Foreign 

Theater In Providence 

Providence — The Toy theater here, 
seating 525 (200 loge seats) will be 
a first-run foreign film house when 
it is opened by the Louis M. Gor- 
don circuit in about three weeks. 
House, for past 10 years a garage, 
is being remodeled and redecorated 
at cost of $20,000. 

"Monastery" In Providence 

Providence — "Monastery" opens 
at Playhouse here today for indefi 
nite run. 


W est Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILV 
Hollywood — The engagement of 
Edna Cantor, one of comedian Ed- 
die Cantor's five daughters, to 
James McHugh, Jr., son of the song 
writer, is announced here. They 
will be married in May. Miss Can- 
tor is 19 and her fiance 21. 

Youngstown, O. — Miss Madeline 
Wilcox, formerly of Pittsburgh, and 
William Gold, local motion picture 
operator, have announced their mar- 
riage. Gold was formerly of Apol- 
lo, Pa. The couple resides in 

"The Girl Was Young" 

with Nova Pilbeam and Derrick De Marney 
G B 70 Mins. 


This British production may get away 
to a slow start but when it finally hits 
its stride, it is one of the most tense and 
gripping dramas imaginable. With some 
judicious cutting in the early reels, this 
Alfred Hitchcock production will have 
them sitting on the edges of their seats. 
Derrick De Marney is found at the 
scene of a murder, as the body of 
an English screen actress is discovered 
strangled on the beach. The belt of a 
raincoat had been used to throttle the vic- 
tim, and De Marney's raincoat had been 
left in a tavern nearby. Arraigned for pre- 
liminary examination, he escapes, and with 
the help of Nova Pilbeam, the daughter of 
the chief constable (Percy Marmont), 
keeps dodging the authorities till finally 
they meet up with an old character who 
mends pottery as he ambles across the 
countryside. The old lad has come by a 
raincoat which he says was given to him 
by a chap, but the belt was missing. Then 
the excitement mounts to a breathless de- 
gree, with the police close on the trail 
of the hunted youth, the girl and the ped- 
dler, as they go in search of the stranger 
who had stolen the raincoat. The only 
clues are a book of matches from a cer- 
tain hotel, and the peddler's information 
that the suspected murderer had a habit 
of blinking his eyes. The long sequences 
in the hotel, as the audience spots the 
murderer long before the three searchers 
stumble upon him, are built up magnifi- 
cently, and carry really nerve-tingling sus- 

CAST: Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Mar- 
ney, Percy Marmont, Edward Rigby, George 
Curzon, Pamela Carme, John Longden, 
George Merritt, J. H. Roberts, H. J. Malt- 
by, John Millar, Jerry Verno. 

CREDITS: Director, Alfred Hitchcock; 
Author, Josephine Tey; Screenplay, Charles 
Bennett, Edwin Greenwood, Anthony Arm- 
strong; Editor, Charles Friend; Cameraman, 
Bernard Knowles. 

PHY, The best. 

Kansas City — Lita Grey Chaplin 
and her manager, Arthur F. Day, 
Jr., disclose here that they plan to 
wed in July, probably in Europe. 

"The Spy Ring" 

with William Hall, Jane Wyman, 

Jane Carleton 

Universal 61 Mins. 


With a capable cast, a sufficient amount 
of action, and a story combining espionage 
and romance neatly, Universal has turned 
out a pleasing program picture with this 
one. There is nothing pretentious about 
the film, but care has been given to the 
production, with satisfactory results. Wil- 
liam Hall is an acceptable hero and Jane 
Wyman fills the romantic bill nicely, with 
Esther Ralston parading under the mon- 
icker of Jane Carleton, providing the fe- 
male menace as head of the spy ring. 
Director Joseph Lewis gets the maximum 
amount of action out of the plot with 
the picture kept moving at all times. The 
story concerns the attempts of a spy ring 
to get possession of a new machine gun 
secret. Hall's pal is killed and he is sent 
to the west coast to complete the experi- 
ments. The spies trail him there and at- 
tempt to get the gun. They kidnap Hall 
and Miss Wyman in an attempt to get 
the gun, but they are rescued before the 
plane takes off, and the spies are all 
captured. Hall is forgiven for throwing 
a polo game in order to get more informa- 
tion and he also gets the Colonel's daugh- 
ter. The supporting cast is adequate. 

CAST: William Hall, Jane Wyman, Jane 
Carleton, Leon Ames, Ben Alexander, Don 
Barclay, Robert Warwick, Paul Sutton, 
Jack Mulhall, Egon Brecher, Philip Trent, 
Roy Mason. 

CREDITS: Producer, Trem Carr; Direc- 
tor, Joseph Lewis; Original Story and 
Screenplay, George Waggner; Editor, 
Charles Craft; Cameraman, Harry Neu- 

O. K. 


Workers' Testimony Barred 
in 44-Hour Law Test Case 

Cincinnati — Agnes Pfister of 
United Artists and Jack Herrick 
were married Jan. 15 at Aurora, 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Frances Bacon, 
daughter of Lloyd Bacon, Warner 
director, and Russel G. Trost, as- 
sistant casting director at the same 
studio, were married Saturday night 
at the residence of her parents. Dr. 
Glenn Randall Phillips of the Hol- 
lywood First Methodist Church offi- 
ciated. Betty Rogers was the only 
attendant and Jerry Trost, brother 
of the groom, was best man. 

Broome County Prosecutor 
Decrees "Bank Night" Ban 

Binghamton — Broome County ex- 
hibitors have been notified to dis- 
continue bank nights, in orders is- 
sued by District Attorney McAvoy. 
Cases will be carried to the State's 
highest courts by McAvoy, it is un- 
derstood, if necessary to prove il- 
legality of bank nights. 

May Extend Vaude's Use 

Following the reported success of 
the week-end vaudeville policy at the 
Brooklyn Strand, Warner Bros. The- 
aters is considering a plan whereby 
stage shows will be installed at the 
house on a seven-day basis. Policy 
is now in its third week with eight 
acts of vaude presented on Satur- 
days and Sundays. 

Harrisburg, Pa. — ■ Proceedings in 
the 44-hour week law test came to 
a halt yesterday when the Court 
ruled hearing of testimony from em- 
ployes of Holgate Bros. Manufac- 
turing Co. of Kane, first to contest 
the law, would not be accepted, and 
because neither side was ready to 
go ahead. A conference between 
counsel for the State and the plain- 
tiff will be held this morning to de- 
termine method for procedure. Trial 
will be resumed Jan. 31. 

"Self Control" 

(Donald Duck) 

RKO Radio 10 Mins. 

Laugh Riot 

It's a wow. The best so far of 
the Donald Duck laugh specials. It 
is summer, and Donald is lolling in 
a hammock on the lawn, enjoying 
his lemonade which he dishes from 
a big glass bowl. The radio on the 
table nearby starts Uncle Smiley 
off on his pep talk on self-control. 
As the talk continues, Donald is all 
for it, and resolves never to lose his 
temper over anything. But first a 
fly bothers him, then a worm from 
a apple crawls over him, and on his 
beak. A chicken starts after the 
worm, and pecks at Donald's beak 
instead of the worm. Meanwhile 
Uncle Smiley on the radio is telling 
how to control one's temper by 
counting to ten. Donald counts. 
Then just as he is happy again, a 
woodpecker starts to take a bath in 
his lemonade bowl. The woodpecker 
starts pecking so hard on the tree 
under which Donald's hammock is 
slung that all the apples fall down 
and bury the duck. That is the pay- 
off. . Donald tries to count to ten, 
but finishes by smashing the radio. 

Wingart to Cleveland 

Earl Wingart, publicity head at 
20th-Fox under Charles E. McCar- 
thy, left last night for Cleveland to 
meet Sonja Henie and her "Holly- 
wood Ice Revue" troupe. The skat- 
ing star and her troupe will arrive 
in New York Friday night, the same 
night "Happy Landing", her latest 
picture, opens at the Roxy. She 
starts a week's skating engagement 
at Madison Square Garden next 

"The Stupor-Visor" 

(Radio Flash Comedy) 

RKO Radio 18 Mins. 

Wild Mix-Up 

Featuring Jack Norton and Kitty 
McHugh in a family squabble as 
they both go into politics as man- 
and-wife candidates for the office 
of supervisor. Norton tries to dis- 
courage his wife from going through 
with it, but the ladies' society in- 
sists that she run. So Norton plans 
to disappear and make it look as if 
his wife had him kidnapped. He 
returns home disguised after a few 
days, planning to have himself tied 
up in a closet so that his wife will 
be blamed. But she hears of the 
plot, and with the sheriff who is sore 
at her husband, they trip Norton 
up in his scheming and the wife is 

"Deviled Ham" 

(Nu-Atlas Musicals) 

RKO Radio 10 Mins. 

Classy Vaude 

Vaude acts presented in a novelty 
setting, with Gus Van as the Ole 
Man Debbil himself seated on a 
throne in a very modernistic Hades. 
The acts go to work for him in 
order to lighten their sentences. 
First Erskine Hawkins and Band, 
the colored aggregation featuring 
some hot trumpeters. Then Toy & 
Wing, young Oriental tap dancers 
doing the modern steps with light- 
ning speed. The Three Kays, the 
pop radio trio, do their smart vocal- 
izing with music. Moya Engele does 
her sensational fire dance. 


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We'll Nail Old" Glory to the Top of tke Pole ! 


Just one ol the thrilling moments in V^ecil 
J5. De-Mulle s llammg story ol Jean 
.Lalitte, the pirate who helped Andrew 
Jackson win the Battle ol New Orleans 
and save the American cause in the 
War of 1812. 

with X ran cis 

Akim Tamiroli • Ai argot Grrahame 
Walter Jjrennan • Ian Keith • Anthony 
Quinn • Hugh Oothern • Jivelyn Jxeyes 

Screen Play By Edwin Justus Alayer, Harold Lam b and 
C Gardner Sullivan. Based on an Adaptation by Jeanie 
Macpkerson of "Lafitte tie Pirate" by Lyle Saxon 

Directed ty Cecil B. DeMille 
A. Paramount Picture 


Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1938 

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A "JUttte.'' from, Udt^wood "JUAs 



"^Color Photography School 

E^cJAUSE of the increasing use 
of color in films, Paramount has 
opened a school in which all of 
the company's ace cameramen are 
being given instruction in color 

During the filming of "Her 
Jungle Love," the first jungle pic- 
ture made in Technicolor, each of 
the cameramen on the Paramount 
payroll was required to spend three 
or four days in observing the work 
of Ray Rennahan, the veteran Tech- 
nicolor cameraman who was in 
charge of photography in this pro- 

T ▼ T 

Margaret Sullavan Signed 

Margaret Sullavan has signed a 
long-term contract with M-GM, her 
first picture with that company be- 
ing "Three Comrades." She is 
scheduled to play in "Road Show" 
at the Roach studios on comple- 
tion o£ her new M-G-M role. 

T T T 

Two Seeking Use of Berle? 
M-G-M and 20th Century-Fox are 
reported dickering with RKO-Radio 
for the loan of comedian, Milton 
Berle, who has just completed work 
in "Radio City Revels." 


• • • Introducing Interesting Personalities: No. 184 • • • 

MILTON H. BREN, executive vice-president in charge of production, Hal 
Roach Studios. Born in St. Louis, Mo., June 14, 1904. When 12 he got 
a job as Irving Thalberg's office boy at Universal. Worked at it between 
school hours and during summer vacations. Quit the U.S.C. at the end of his 
freshman year. Got a job as reader in the M-G-M story department. Paul 
Bern promoted Bren to assistant scenario editor. Put the studio in an uproar 
one day while Bern was in New York by as- 
suming the latter's duties, after having the 
name Milton H. Bren lettered in on the door 
beneath that of Bern's. His nerve amused Thal- 
berg. He "wrote" six scripts, using cut-out 
illustrations instead of words to put over his 
ideas. All were accepted. Later, formed an 
agency that was highly successful. In January, 
1937, he signed with Hal Roach. Five months 
later Roach gave him a new contract at double 
his former salary, presented him with stock 
and the vice-presidency. Stands 5, 10. Eyes, 
blue. Hair, brown. 

Sutherland's Stage Plan 
A. Edward Sutherland has pur- 
chased a 30-day option on "Sure 
Thing," by Abem Lahnke and Eloise 
Forsyth, and is negotiating to pro- 
duce the musical on the New York 
stage. The director of Mae West's 
"Every Day's A Holiday" also has 
two picture deals pending here. 

Western Relics for Film 

Through a tie-up made with the 
Chamber of Commerce at St. 
Joseph, Mo., for Buck Jones' new 
starring vehicle, "Pony Express," L. 
G. Leonard, production head of Cor- 
onet Pictures, has secured exclusive 
use of that organization's memor- 
abilia, said to represent the most 

complete collection of its kind of 
the west's frontier days. 

Placed under heavy bond, a spe- 
cial freight car will bring the relics 
to Hollywood from St. Joseph. In- 
cluded are an original covered 
wagon, a valuable collection of old 
firearms, saddles, and an array of 
men and women's costumes. 

T T ▼ 

Freddie Bartholomew's Next 

Freddie Bartholomew, having 
signed a new extended-term con- 
tract with M-G-M, will next be 
starred in "Lord Jeff." This is an 
original screen story, with Nat 
Levine the producer. 

» T T 

Haley Option Picked Up 

Jack Haley's contract option has 
been exercised by 20th Century- 
Fox studios. The screen comedian 
has a featured role in "Alexander's 
Ragtime Band," and after that will 
play a leading role in "Kentucky 

T T T 

Para. Casts Vera Gordon 

Vera Gordon, well-known as an 
actress of the silent screen, and 
Egon Brecher have been signed by 
Paramount to play roles in the 
George Raft-Sylvia Sidney co-star- 
ring picture, "You and Me." 

Quemos Suit Defendants' 

Dismissal Pleas Weighed 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of 14 defendants to dismiss the ac- 
tion, it was learned yesterday. De- 
fense counsel obtained a two-week 
adjournment order prior to a sched- 
uled hearing Monday which stays 
the proceedings until the court 
rules on the dismissal motion. 

Distributors involved in the suit 
claim that their offices are in New 
York and therefore cannot be sued 
in this district. Quemos charges 
the defendants, totaling 43, refused 
to furnish first and second runs for 
the Mosque Theater, formerly oper- 
ated by the plaintiffs. 

Named in the suit are Paramount, 
Loew's, Warner Bros., 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox, United Artists, RKO, 
Publix and Universal. 

Rep. Pix In Criterion 

Republic's "Lady Behave" has 
been booked into the Criterion week 
of Jan. 28, it was reported yester- 

73 Holdovers 

An unbroken string of holdovers or 
extra playing time is the record set by 
Sam Goldwyn's "The Hurricane" in its 
first 73 popular-priced dates through- 
out the country, it was announced yes- 
terday. In 70 situations the picture 
was held over, while the other three 
dates represent moveovers to another 

Rep. Dingell Will Aid 

Exhib Admish Tax Fight 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Rep. John D. Ding- 
ell (Democrat, Michigan), Ways 
and Means Committee anti-nuisance 
tax opponent, will again take the 
lead in fighting for repeal or modi- 
fication of the admissions and nuis- 
ance taxes before the full House 
Ways and Means Committee now in 
session studying tax changes. 

Dingell yesterday expressed a de- 
sire to work in close cooperation 
with Pete Wood and Walter Vincent 
who will testify on the admissions 
taxes before the Committee Friday. 
He branded such taxes as "discrimi- 

Pete Wood and Ray Branch will 
confer with Rep. Dingell in advance 
of the former's appearance before 
the Ways and Means Committee 
Friday to testify on admissions. 
Hearings will be open. 

Hal Hode To Speak 

Hal Hode, Columbia Pictures ex- 
ecutive, will give an address at the 
luncheon of the Advertising Club of 
New York, at its clubhouse, 23 Park 
Avenue, Friday. Mr. Hode will take 
as his subject "Trade Follows the 

Jack Chertok's Party 

A cocktail party will be given for 
the trade press by Jack Chertok, 
head of M-G-M's short subject de- 
partment, at the Sherry Netherlands 
Hotel from 5 to 7 this afternoon. 

Chertcoff Opening Two 

Theaters In Steelton 

Harrisburg, Pa. — Harry Chert- 
coff, Lancaster, will open two new 
theaters tonight in Steelton, a su- 
burb of Harrisburg, which he re- 
cently purchased from Perry Hoff- 
man, Allentown, and L. J. Cham- 
berlain, Shamokin. Both theaters, 
the Strand and Standard, have been 
remodeled and a new marquee 
erected at the former house. Theo- 
dore Winters of Chertcoff 's Lemoyne 
theater, has been promoted to the 
managership of the Standard, and 
C. Plaster, former manager of a 
Shippensburg house, has been 
named manager of the Strand. 
Chertcoff also operates theaters in 
Lititz, Elizabethtown and Mt. Joy. 

New Union In Protest 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Although Dr. Towne 
Nylander, regional director, has de- 
creed that no other film disputes will 
be heard until outcome of Screen 
Writers Guild-Screen Playwrights, 
Inc., dispute is known, right of 
Screen Actors Guild to bargain for 
extras is reported to be disputed in 
NLRB petition by the Association of 
Independent Organizations, new 
union setup. 

Waxman, Drive Director 

Major L. E. Thompson, chairman 
of the annual Will Rogers National 
Theater Week, announced yesterday 
the appointment of A. P. Waxman 
as Director of the Campaign. 

Mario "Third-Dimension" 

Production Will Start 

Raoul Mario, executive vice-presi- 
dent of Mario Enterprises, Inc., yes- 
terday announced production, begin- 
ning Monday, of a series of short 
cartoon films to be known as "Mar- 
lographs." Mario claims third-di- 
mension perspective and elimination 
of unsteadiness. He said major re- 
lease is set. Mario formerly was 
a radio program exec for WABC and 

Shea Leases In Ohio 

Sandusky, O. — Shea Theaters 
Corp. of N. Y. has leased Harkness 
Theater at near-by Clyde and the 
Lion and Ohio Theaters at neighbor- 
ing Bellevue. Plans call for complete 
remodeling of houses with Ohio run- 
ning on part-time schedule. Sub- 
ordinates now in Shea organization 
are to be named managers, it was 
declared. Same corporation now op- 
erates Paramount and Strand in 
Fremont, O. 

"All's Grist, Etc." 

Chicago — Manager Speros of the 
Empress Theater was robbed here of 
a reel of film by two young thieves. 
He told them the film was no good 
to them, but they replied that they 
could make stench bombs from the 




Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1938 


(Continued from Page 1) 

ture policy of the organization 
would be to work entirely through 
Congress on the "many obvious in- 
justices that have for so long handi- 
capped the industry" Abram F. 
Myers, board chairman and gener- 
al counsel of Allied States, last 
night declared that the exhib. as- 
sociation at its meeting yesterday 
had decided not to participate in 
any future conferences -with the 
MPTOA and the ITOA of New 

"The organization has approved 
the recommendation that such con- 
ferences not be held until present 
plans for relief in Congress be car- 
ried to a successful conclusion," 
Myers said. 

The decision, the Allied chieftain 
said, was made in view of the fact 
that Allied's acceptance of the sev- 
eral tentative dates for such a con- 
ference did not result in these pro- 
posed meetings being held and the 
entire subject has been delayed. To 
participate in such a conference at 
this late date, Myers said, "might 
seriously jeopardize plans that have 
been months in the making." 

When asked later for his com- 
ment on the Allied decision which 
will result in the severing of trade 
conference diplomatic relations with 
other exhibitor elements, Ed Kuy- 
kendall, president of MPTOA, stat- 
ed he had "no comment." 

Actual date of the 1938 Pittsburgh 
convention will be decided by officers 
of the Western Pennsylvania Asso- 
ciation at a meeting to be called "in 
the near future". 

Further to justify Allied's posi- 
tion in announced policy not to co- 
operate with other trade groups 
Myer's statement said that to accept 
conference plans now "might be used 
to create among Allied's many 
friends in Congress an impression 
that vital industry problems were 
on the way to solution, and might 
create in the minds of exhibitors 
generally a false security which 
the present monopolistic practices 
certainly don't justify." 

The formal Allied statement said 



Allied Tackles Radio Problem Today 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Problem of radio-motion picture competition will come before the 
Allied States board meeting today. Irving Dollinger of New Jersey Allied will seek 
approval of an undisclosed plan, formulated in conjunction with the ITOA of New 
York, to meet the situation confronting exhibitors. 

See Merchandise Premiums 
As Substitute for Games 

Detroit — With police cracking 
down on games in local houses, ex- 
hibs. are manifesting a lively in- 
terest in merchandise premiums, 
according to Arthur C. Robinson, 
head of Price Theater Premiums. 

Best wishes from The Film Daily to 
the following on their birthday: 


Hal Roach 

B. P. Schulberg 

Harvey H. Gates 

Lou Metzger 

Ceorge R. Batcheller, Sr. 

Harry H. Buxbaum 

it approved the recommendation of 
Chairman Myers and President 
Yamins "that such conferences not 
be held until present plans for re- 
lief in Congress are carried on to a 
successful conclusion". 

Myers also announced the fol- 
lowing committees were appointed 
at yesterday's executive meeting: 

Sidney E. Samuelson, chairman; H. 
A. Cole, Arthur B. Price, Fred J. 
Herrington, Ray Branch, I. R. Holy- 
cross, P. J. Wood, and F. J Mc- 

Blum, chairman; H. M. Richey, 
Aaron Saperstein, M. A. Rosenberg, 
Irving Dollinger, Max L. Levenson, 
Maurice Rubin, M. B. Horwitz. 

PETITION— Irving Dollinger, chair- 
man; C. H. Olive, R. A. Tesch, 
Arthur K. Howard, Frank Horning. 

Col. H. A. Cole, chairman; Lee W. 
Newberry, Fred H. Herrington. 

Program for today's session is 
crowded, including as it does con- 
sideration of legislative moves. 
Congressional delegation invited to 
sit in is headed by Rep. Lyle Boren 
and Sam Hobbs. Rep. Wright Pat- 
man was not invited, it was learned. 

Product situation, sales survey 
proposal, inter-organization co- 
operation and an insurance p ! an 
proposed by the Maryland MPTO 
are also on the agenda for today. 

Leaders present yesterday mani- 
fested a lively interest in the H. M. 
Richey-directed organization in 
Michigan. Richey himself disclosed 
that he had been requested to co- 
operate with Pete J. Wood of Ohio 
ITO in the presentation of exhibi- 
tor viewpoint on admish tax revi- 
sion before a House committee Fri- 

It is understood no representa- 
tives from the Department of Jus- 
tice or Federal Trade Commission 
were present at yesterday's con- 

Sapersteins to Miami 

Chicago — Aaron Saperstein, head 
of the Illinois Allied, and Mrs. 
Saperstein after attending the Al- 
lied Board's Washington meeting 
will go to Miami for a winter va- 
cation. Lou Abrahamson is in 
charge of the office during Saper- 
stein's absence. 

Hollywood Hotel Revue 

Asks Warner Injunction 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

ater priority rights over the appella- 
tion. Through attorney I. Robert 
Broder, Ho 1 ly wood Hotel Revue, 
Inc., seeks the injunction and $50,000 
damages because the vaude and mo- 
tion picture theater revue of the 
title claims priority rights and an 
agreement with the Campbell Soup 
Co. to use the title and tie in on its 
advertising matter including theater 
one-sheet and other billing. 

Theater revue using the title 
nearly 2 years employing 47 people 
and earning $5,500 weekly sets forth 
that the Warner picture is playing 
theaters and offering competition 
with the result that no bookings have 
resulted since the release of the pic- 
ture by the same title. Unfair com- 
petition is claimed over the picture 
but the radio show is declared non- 
competitive to theater attractions. 

Warner Bros., have contended that 
it has a tieup with Campbell Soup 
Co., now and has permission to use 
the title, etc. The radio show has in 
the meantime for the past several 
weeks requested the theater attrac- 
tion to stop using the title under 
threat of a suit. 

Whitney and Selznick Would 
Buy Fairbanks' UA Interest? 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 
wyn would join in making a deal for 
the purchase of the Pickford-Fair- 
banks-Chaplin interests in United 
Artists. Observers believe there is 
more likelihood of John Hay Whit- 
ney and Selznick trying to make a 
deal for purchase of Douglas Fair- 
banks' interest, and point out that 
Whitney, Selznick and Fa'rbanks are 
very friendly and that if negotia- 
tions were open it would probably 
not take long to close a deal. 

"The River is Blue", starring 
Madeleine Carroll, is to be produce 
by Walter Wanger, and is expected 
to go into production next month. 
It will mark the resumption of ac- 
tivities at United Artists which has 
been inactive for several weeks. 

Col. Sets Up 3 Divisions 
For "Montague Campaign" 

Louis Weinberg, Louis Astor and 
M. J. Weisfeldt have been named to 
direct individual districts into which 
Columbia has divided territory for 
"Montague Good-Will Campaign." 
According to Rube Jackter, campaign 
chairman, division was assigned for 
purpose of assuring comprehensive 
coverage. Weinberg will direct east- 
ern division; Astor and Weisfeld 
will be in charge of Mid-West and 
Far West, respectively. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

Germany," will be released nation- 
ally this week in the face of(^ ' - 
ported official protest, according to 
Louis de Rochemont, producer. The 
ban is to be appealed, it was an- 

De Rochemont last night told 
The Film Daily that Vice-Consul 
Georg F. Krause-Wichmann re- 
quested elimination of certain 
scenes and sequences as being "pre- 
judicial to the best interests of 
Germany and likely to be misunder- 
stood by the American public." Dr. 
Hans Borcher, German Consul Gen- 
eral, late last night termed "de- 
liberate misrepresentation" state- 
ments that he has asked elimina- 
tions of material. Fritz Kuhn, 
piesident of the German American 
Bund, registered objection. 

In Washington, former Ambassa- 
dor to Germany William E. Dodd 
said: "It tells the truth about Hit- 
ler's Government in a highly-effec- 
cive manner." Congressman))) Sam- 
uel Dickstein also went on record 
n support of the reel. 

"Inside Nazi Germany" is the 
irst single-subject issue ever pro- 
duced by The March of Time. Ra- 
dio City Music Hall has waived its 
jrst-iun rights to the subject in 
favor of the Embassy Newsreel 
Theater which is to exhibit the 
i m beginning tomorrow. 

In protesting to the Chicago 
Censor Board, de Rochemont stated: 

"The March of Time has endeav- 
jred to present a documented jour- 
lalistic account of facts and condi- 
ions in Germany today in an ob- 
jective manner. We have studiously 
avoided sensationalism and we have 
checked every fact presented." 

' We believe that censorship of a 

painstaking and factual l'eport of 

his kind is almost unprecedented 

n the United States," said Produc- 

r de Rochemont. "It puts cen- 

■orship in Chicago not on the basis 

of morals or taste but directly on 

a suppression of news facts. It 

thus becomes a direct attack on the 

principles of a free press." 




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Seating capacity of film theaters in 

; the U. S. is within 2,360,000 of the 

total of all European countries, Russia 

excepted. Total for the U. S. is 10,- 

440,632, for Europe 12,800,000. 



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Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1938 


London (By Cable) — In an at- 
tempt to regularize the motion pic- 
ture theater licensing situation, 
now in a very confused state since 
the High Court gave its ruling in 
the Barnstaple case, denying to 
licensing justices some of the 
power they thought they had, the 
CEA is urging local authorities 
promoting Parliamentary bills to 
include a clause in each bill pre- 
sented to regulate theater licens- 

The CEA Redundancy (Over- 
seating) Committee has decided to 
support the Middlesex County 
Council which is promoting a Gen- 
eral Powers Bill in which it has 
inserted a clause for power to 
grant provisional licenses for cin- 

The committee is also consider- 
ing whether the best method to 
accomplish the regularization of 
theater licensing may not be 
through an approach to the Home 
Office or by a short amendment to 
the Cinematograph Act. The com- 
mittee will, however, support the 
Middlesex County Council's clause 
for power to grant provisional 
licenses in its General Powers Bill, 
and further recommends similar 
clauses in all districts where Par- 
liamentary Bills are being pro- 

Mexican Producing Firm 

Sues Spanish Pix Star 

Mexico, D. F. — Miguel Ligero, top- 
ranking star of the Spanish screen, 
is being sued by Films de Artistas 
Mexicanos Asociados (FAMA) for 
50,000 pesos damages for his failure 
to return down here to fulfill his 
contract to that producing company. 

Suit is brought through the Mex- 
ican Consulate in Berlin, where 
Ligero is to appear in a Spanish 
language film opposite Imperio Ar- 

The Confederacion de Trabaja- 
dores Mexicanos (Confederation of 
Mexican Workers), most potent La- 
bor party, through its motion pic- 
ture branch, the Union de Traba- 
jadores de Estudios Cinematogrrafico 
de Mexico (Union of Motion Picture 
Studio Workers of Mexico), is 
threatening to boycott the showing 
of any future release in which the 
Spanish actor may appear. 

FAMA's first picture, "Refugiados 
en Madrid" (Refugees in Madrid) is 
before the cameras under Alejandro 
Galindo's direction, with Fernando 
Soler taking the part originally 
scripted for Ligero. 

GN Sets Mexican Deal 

Mexico, D. F. — Grand National 
Pictures has signed a distribution 
deal with Alianza Films here. 

The Foreign Field 

♦ ♦ News Flashes from All Parts of the Globe ♦ ♦ 

May Regulate Seat Prices 

London — The London County 
Council licensing committee is re- 
ported to be seriously considering 
the introduction of regulations re- 
quiring picture theaters to fix their 
prices permanently. This would put 
an end to the present practice of in- 
creasing the prices of a certain sec- 
tion of seats when the exhibitor had 
a hit at his theater. The seat price 
once having been established, no fur- 
ther seats could be allocated to the 
higher priced section. The CEA, 
exhib organization, is strongly op- 
posed to the proposal, especially as 
it is understood that they would not 
be permitted, under the proposed 
regulation, to vary prices between 
matinee and evening showings and 
any adjustment of prices to meet 
the cost of a more expensive picture 
would be ruled out. 

New Viennese Color System 

Vienna — Dr. A. von Bariss, Vien- 
nese photo-chemist, now in England, 
claims to have perfected a new 
color system which is ready for 
commercial exploitation. He states 
that he has been working on his 
theories for the past nine years and 
that under his system of color pho- 
tography costs would be so low as to 
be within the reach of even the or- 
dinary amateur. A color separation 
camera provides red, yellow and blue 
records of the object photographed. 
Using a small hand press the inven- 
tor takes each matrix in turn, smear- 
ing a special printing paper with an 
emulsion which produces a picture 
within 30 seconds in a number of 
shades. With a brush dipped in vari- 
ous solutions, he can strengthen or 
weaken the colors at will. Dr. von 
Bariss also claims to have invented 
a color cinema camera with which, 
in conjunction with his other meth- 
ods, he can take color films and 
show them in as many theaters as 
wanted the same day. The original 
camera cost $5,000. 

German Production Losses 

Berlin — Most German producing 
companies ended the season of 1936- 
37 in the red. The balance sheet of 
Ufa was an exception. It showed a 
gross profit of 77.78 million Reichs- 
marks, an increase of 17,000,000 
Reischmarks. This favorable balance 
is ascribed to increased theater at- 
tendance in Germany. Increased ex- 
penses bring the net profit, how- 
ever, down to 52,000 Reichsmarks — 
about $21,000. Tobis Tonbild-Syndikat 
AG., showed a loss on the year of 3.22 
million Reichsmarks as against 232,- 
000 Reichsmarks profit the preced- 
ing year. This wiped out the reserve 
brought forward from last year, 
leaving a net loss of almost 7.2 mil- 

lion Reichsmarks. Tobis will un- 
dergo reorganization. Bavaria-Film 
A.G. of Munich (formerly Emelka) 
is to be liquidated. It suffered heavy 
losses and was forced into receiver- 
ship. Ufa and Tobis are both state- 
controlled and the Propaganda Min- 
istry is striving to better their 
financial condition by turning a 
larger part of exhibition returns in- 
to production. 

India Likes Its Films Long 

London — M. A. Fazalbhoy, man- 
aging director of Fazalbhoy, Ltd., 
Bombay, in an interview here, stated 
that the film industry in India has an 
investment of $50,000,000, giving 
employment to more than 130,000 
persons, and that the Indians like 
their films long. Fourteen and 16 
reels are nothing uncommon in na- 
tive productions. And its theaters 
hold something of a record in length 
of runs, two films having run for 
from 30 to 40 weeks. 

Fazalbhoy is of the opinion that 
52 weeks' runs may yet be achieved. 
In Bombay, Poona, Madras and Cal- 
cutta 13 and 14-week runs are fre- 
ouent. He expressed the opinion 
that what India needs is a central 
body, similar to the British Film 
Institute, to advise, direct and con- 
trol the production of Indian films. 

Howard in G. B. Shaw Film 

London — Leslie Howard will play 
the lead in Gabriel Pascal's produc- 
tion of the Bernard Shaw play, "Pyg- 
malion", the script of which has 
been okayed by Shaw. W. P. Lips- 
comb did the scenario. Howard and 
Anthony Asquith will direct. Wendy 
Hiller will play opposite Howard. 
Marie Lohr, Joyce Barbour and Da- 
vid Tue will be in the support. Cost 
of the production is estimated at 
$600,000. Shooting will start soon 
at Pinewood. 

New Role for Ruth Chatterton 

Paris — Ruth Chatterton has been 
cast for the leading role in "Drama 
at Shanghai" which G. W. Pabst 
will produce. Exteriors will be pho- 
tographed in China. 

Hayakawa to Produce 

Paris — Sessue Hayakawa, Japan- 
ese actor, has founded a producing 1 
company here. His first picture will 
be adapted from Maurice DeKobra's 
novel, "Macao", in which Hayakawa 
will play the leading part. 

Makes First Cinecolor Pix 

Bombay — The first feature picture 
to be made in the Cinecolor process 
is "Kisan Kanya", produced by Im- 
perial Pictures at its studio here. 
It is stated that 6,000,000 rupees 
were spent on the film. 


Industry Study Planned 

by Catholics In Quebec 

Montreal — Appointment of a prov- 
incial committee to study the relig 
ious, moral and cultural aspects of 
the film industry is announced by La 
Semaine Religieuse, official diocesan 
organ of the Quebec Catholic Church. 

Decision to appoint a "Catholic 
Action Cinematographic Committee 
was reached by Cardinal Villeneuve. 
of Quebec, and the archbishops and 
bishops of the province. 

Spiritual advisers of the commit- 
tee include Rev. J. P. Archambault. 
of Montreal and Canon J. Alfred 
Chamberland of Quebec. Members 
of the committee are: Col. Henri 
Desrosiers, Arthur Laramee. J. P. 
Lanctot, Frederick Pelletier, Georges 
Belans:er, Dr. Antonio Barbeau, Jos- 
eph Dansereau and Mrs. Edmond 
Brossard, all of Montreal. 

Moscow (By Cable) — Although no 
official announcement has been made 
here of the removal of Boris Shu- 
miatsky as chief of the Soviet .film 
industry, evidence shows that V as 
been displaced, following two | , 
of criticism pointing out the poor 
quality, insufficient quantity and 
wasteful methods of production. An- 
nouncement of his successor is 

Last week, political leaders are 
known to have clamped down on the 
run of the feature "Treasure Island," 
the Robert Louis Stevenson story, 
which had opened at a children's the- 
ater. Action came in the wake of 
bitter criticism published in Soviet 
Art, which not only scored the film, 
but spoke bitterly of Shumiatsky 
and the current inept practices of 
producers in the USSR. 

Shumiatsky has been bitterly 
taken to task for presenting the 
character Jim Hawkins, cabin boy in 
the Stevenson yarn, as a girl, in or- 
der to bring a sex theme to the foot- 

The Soviet cinema is charged to 
be a heavy drain on the State's finan- 
cial resources because of alleged 
waste and extravagance, and, as a 
consequence huge deficits have been 
created. Film companies taking se- 
quences in a popular recreational 
resort on the Black Sea are charged 
with making such missions long 
drawn out vacations at the State's 

Commissariat of Finance discloses 
that 567,000 rubles had been allotted 
for 50 days' stay in the Crimea 
shooting scenes for "Treasure Is- 
land," and that the party stayed 167 
days, only 54 of which were devoted 
to work. In addition, it is said, the 
group spent 1,400.000 rubles, 1,000,- 
000 of which went toward purchas- 
ing apartments and villas. 

In 1937, Russian film statistics 
show, only 24 features rated as ar- 
tistic and suitable for public exhibi- 
tion resulted from a program which 
called for 62. 

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Report Grand National Merger Deal Talked on Coast 


Finley Hopeful of Hearing in N. D. Divorce Contest 

For Efficiency 

. . . keep h.o. East 


IF THERE is a single home office depart- 
' ment whose permanent retention in the 
East is not only desirable but mandatory, 
it is that entrusted with advertising, pub- 
licity and exploitation. 

The issue, for clarity's sake, may be 
defined merely as one of efficiency. The 
argument for the East is impressive, 
logical. Consider — 

States bordering on the Atlantic sea- 
board have a total population of 48,491,- 
475. In these states, there are 420 cities 
and towns with daily newspapers. The 
latter total 604, have a net paid circula- 
tion of 18,568,521. In the same territory, 
there are 142 Sunday newspapers with a 
net paid circulation of 15,069,898. 

The population of the Pacific Coast 
states totals only 8,194,433. The Pacific 
states have 135 cities and towns with 
dailies, numbering, in turn, 196 with a 
net paid circulation of only 3,462,610. Sun- 
day newspapers in the Pacific territory 
total 52, their net paid circulation aggre- 
gating 2,762,674. 


EQUALLY interesting, fully as pertinent, 
■■" are the comparable statistics for the 
states East and West of the Mississippi. 
States to the East have a mass population 
of 82,790,490. In the area there are 
1,110 dailies, 254 Sunday newspapers in 
823 towns. Daily net circulation totals 
29,335,272, Sunday net, 22,580,460. 

West of the Mississippi, you find a 
total population of 40,352,892, 633 towns 
with daily newspapers, the latter number- 
ing 849 with 11,958,924 net circulation. 
Sunday papers in the area number 284 
with 8,821,432 net circulation. 

Or take the fan magazine situation. Of 
19 with a total circulation of 4,225,758 
(source, Standard Rate and Data Service, 
January issue), all but one maintain New 
York headquarters; the exception is 
domiciled in Chicago. 


IT IS most important to remember, too, 
' that there is three hours difference in 
time between the large industrial areas of 
the East (which provide about 70 per cent 
of the total value of manufactured prod- 
(Continued on Page 2) 

Counsel Expects State Will 

Grant Hearing to 


Confidence that North Dakota 
would grant major distributors a 
hearing in their efforts to check 
the enforcement of the state's the- 
ater divorcement law was expressed 
yesterday by Joseph W. Finley, at- 
torney for the Minnesota Amuse- 
ment Co., who is in New York for 
conferences with distributors' coun- 

Finley pointed out yesterday that 

{Continued on Page 4) 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Dr. A. H. Giannini, 
president of United Artists, stated 
yesterday that producers who tie 
up with UA must finance their own 
productions. This applies to Edward 

{Continued on Page 6) 

Stuart Doyle to Look 

Over Africa as Deal Waits 

Stuart Doyle's proposed South 
African franchise deal with United 
Artists will be held in abeyance un- 
til Doyle goes to South Africa and 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Allied Sets Dates 

Wash. Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Allied's national con- 
vention dates will be May 17-19, it 
was announced yesterday by Abram F. 
Myers, board chairman. William Penn 
Hotel, Pittsburgh, gets the honor. 


While Pennsylvania censors passed 
latest issue of The March of Time, 
single-subject release entitled "In- 
side Nazi Germany — 1938," the ban 
of the Chicago Board of Censors held 
fast yesterday in the face of mount- 
ing public and press pressure. 

While RKO, Warner Bros, and 
Paramount circuit had not up to 
late last night booked the subject, it 
was felt that this was due to cau- 
tion. Audience reaction at theaters 
where the subject is playing is being 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Warner, Einfeld Arrive; 

Removal Views Awaited 

Whether Warner Bros, contem- 
plates transferring various home of- 
fice departments to the Coast may 
be announced today when Harry M. 
Warner, president, arrives from 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Lester Cowan Said Identified With GN 
Merger Proposal Considered on Coast 

Howard Replaces Richey; 

Legislative Committee 

is Named 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Nathan Yamins of 
Fall River, Mass., was returned to 
the presidency of Allied States by 
the exhib association's board meet- 
ing at the Carlton Hotel here yes- 

The directorate also re-named Ab- 
ram F. Myers of Washington as 
board chairman and general counsel 
and Herman A. Blum of Baltimore 
as secretary-treasurer, while Arthur 
K. Howard of Boston was designated 

(Continued on Page 8) 


Exhibitors in the field have a more 
favorable impression of the MPTOA's 
10-point plan than ever before, Ed 
Kuykendall, president of the nation- 
al exhibitor body, said yesterday in 
New York. Kuykendall is here for 
a few days from Washington and 

(Continued on Page 6) 

MPPDA Head Back at Desk 
After White House Call 

Will Rogers Theater Week 
To Get Under Way April 29 

Annual Will Rogers National 
Theater Week will start April 29, 
it was announced yesterday by 
Maj. Leslie E. Thompson at a meet- 
ing at the Rockefeller Center Lunch- 
eon Club at which Thompson was 
(Continued on Page 6) 

A deal through which Grand Na- 
tional would be merged with an- 
other producing company is in the 
process of being negotiated on the 
Coast, it was learned yesterday in 
New York. 

It was reported that Lester Cow- 
an, former head of Condor Pictures, 
is prominently identified with the 
plan and that a meeting was held 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Will H. Hays, film industry ad- 
ministrator, returned to his desk at 
the MPPDA executive offices yester- 
day from Washington, where on 
Tuesday he spent the day giving at- 

(Continued on Page 4) 

]Vo "Recession" 

"Cross business for M-G-M during 
the past week was comparable to some 
of the best weeks we had during our 
biggest boom period of last year" a 
company executive stated yesterday. 
"Talk of falling grosses is not ap- 
plicable to our company and we ex- 
pect business to steadily improve dur- 
ing the rest of the year," he added. 




Thursday, Jan. 20, 1938 

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Con. Fm. Ind. pfd 

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RKO 4% 4'/ 2 43/4 — 1/4 

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20th Century-Fox pfd 30'/ 2 30% 30% — % 

Univ. Pict. pfd 

Warner Bros 6% 63,4 6% + % 

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Para. Picts. cv.3y 4 s47 733/ 8 73 '/ 4 731/4 

RKO 6s41 

Warner's 6s39 78 77 77 — 1 1/4 


Columbia Picts. vtc 

Grand National .... % 11-16 11-16 — 1-16 
Monogram Picts. . . 2% 23/ 8 23/ 8 — i/ 8 

Sonotone Corp 1% 13,4 1% 

Technicolor 20/4 19% 20 — % 

Trans-Lux 3 3 3 

Universal Picts 


Bid Asked 

Pathe Film 7 pfd 98 102 

Fox Thea. Bldg. 6%s 1st '36... 534 7 
Loew's Thea. Bldg. 6s 1st '47... 86% 88% 

Met. Playhouse, Inc. 5s '43 62Vi 64% 

Roxy Thea. Bldg. 6 Vis 1st '43 47 49 

Eberson Stays on Coast 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Drew Eberson, War- 
ner assistant director, has resigned 
to direct a western for another stu- 
dio. He had previously planned to 
return east to enter business with 
his father, John Eberson, architect, 
who has designed many theaters 
for Warners. 

For Efficiency 

. . . keep h.o. East 

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ucts of the country, according to Rand 
McNally) and the Pacific Coast. Pub- 
licity disseminated East to West gains 
three hours; publicity disseminated West 
to East loses three hours. 

Finally, for the full significance, check 
the Rand McNally statement against the 
Distribution Percentages as they appear 
(figures are as of Jan. 1, 1937). Sales 
expectancies, in percentages of national 
and independent distributors, give to the 
entire territory East of the Mississippi 
70.1 per cent of the NATIONAL TOTAL. 
Films are distributed MOST where the 
demand is GREATEST. Films, too, are 
distributed MOST where THE MOST PEO- 
PLE are. Now, where the most people 
are, publicity must be concentrated the 

The proposal to concentrate publicity 
departments in Hollywood would result in 

Griffin, Friedl Talk With 
Research Council's Group 

W est Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Herbert Griffin, sales 
manager, and George Friedl, Jr., 
chief engineer for International 
Projector Corp., here from New 
York City, are conferring with the 
Research Council Committee on 
Standardization of Theater Sound 

Bank Nights Dropped After 
N. J. Exhib Is Arrested 

Lyndhurst, N. J. — Bank Nights 
at the Ritz were canceled after the 
arrest of Manager Maurice Katz on 
order of County Prosecutor Breslin. 
Question of game's legality is now 
before the courts. Awards had been 
made nightly except Sunday. Eleven 
other Bergen County houses have 
Bank Nights scheduled for this 
week. Breslin has ordered all to 

Jack Hutchison Joins 

Industrafilm Company 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Jack Hutchison, Pa- 
cific Coast Manager for MacManus, 
John & Adams, national advertising 
agency, has resigned his connection 
to become affiliated with Industra- 
film, Inc., producers of commercial 
and business motion pictures. _ 

In his new connection, he will be 
closely associated with one of Holly- 
wood's prominent indie producers. 

Schaffer With Columbia 

Philadelphia — George Schaffer, for 
the past 16 years a city salesman 
for Fox, Warners and Grand Na- 
tional is now city salesman for Co- 

Biz Up 10 P.C. In Neb. 

to Surprise of Exhibs 

Lincoln, Neb. — Business, in this 
time of recession, has been a dis- 
tinct surprise all around theater row 
during the past four weeks starting 
Christmas day. It's up about 10 per 
cent over the same period a year 

Same is true of both first and sub- 
sequent run spots, which proves it's 
not all due to strong bookings in 
the period. Among the outstanding 
achievements was "Wells Fargo" 
take at the Stuart, which was the 
best gate in 16 months for the house. 

Business sank 15 to 25 per cent 
below 1936 in the late months of 
1937, but it is hammering hard on 
the upbeat now. 

N. Y. Legislature to Get 
Seating, Matron Measures 

Albany — Assemblyman Nicholas 
A. Ross (Dem., New York) an- 
nounced yesterday that he would re- 
introduce two bills affecting the film 
industry next Tuesday. One meas- 
ure would amend the penal law, bar- 
ring theaters from selling seats to 
the public unless one is actually 
available at the time of sale. The 
other amends the general city law, 
requiring one matron for each 35 
children in theaters. Matrons would 
be licensed by the city and paid by 
the theater owners. 

In former years, the bills have 
died in committee. 

Better Biz Drive to Give 
UA All-Time High— Smith 

United Artists sales and earned 
film rentals are headed for a new 
all-time high it was said yesterday 
by General Sales Manager, A. W. 
Smith, Jr., who based statement on 
the returns for the first two weeks 
of the United Artists Better Busi- 
ness Drive, which ends April 2. 
Goldwyn's "The Hurricane," the 
first picture to be released during the 
drive, is earning and receiving more 
playing time than any picture pre- 
viously released by the company, it 
was stated. 

La. Sales Tax May Include 
Admissions, Film Rentals 

New Orleans — Possibility that 
the Louisiana one per cent sales 
tax, which is planned to replace the 
so-called luxury tax, will be ex- 
tended to include theater admis- 
sions and film rentals was seen 
here last night. 

Jesse Crawford Returns 

to Film Theater Field 

Jesse Crawford, organist, is re- 
turning to the picture house field, 
playing a series of one nighters at 
pix houses and concert halls, under 
the personal direction of Jack La- 
vin. Opening date is Milford, Del., 
with Virginia territory following. 

BEN MICGINS, European manager for 20th- 
Fox, is expected to return from Miami this 
week-end. He will return to Europe next 

FRED METZLER, studio treasurer fos^th- 
Fox, arrived from the Coast yesterday. ,^^> is 
staying at the Sherry Netherland. 

HERBERT T. SILVERBERC, film attorney, 
who recently established offices in Hollywood, 
arrived in New York yesterday from the Coast. 
He is staying at the Warwick. 

FLOYD ODLUM, Atlas Corp. head, is expect- 
ed to return to New York from Coast RKO 
huddle today or tomorrow. 

JOHN J. FRIEDL, general manager of theater 
operations for the Minnesota Amusement Co., 
is in New York. 

W. A. SCULLY, Universal general sales man- 
ager, and SIC WITTMAN. Eastern district 
manager, leave tomorrow for a tour of the 
Eastern exchanges. 

JAMES P. OLOCHLIN. Canadian district 
manager for 20th-Fox, returns from a West 
Indies cruise this week. He leaves for Canada 
upon his arrival. 

T. J. CONNORS, Eastern district sales man- 
ager for M-G-M, is on an extended tour of 
the exchanges in his district. 

AL CHRISTIE, Educational producer and 
director, is due back from the Coast this 

JOSEPH HUMMEL, general foreign sales 
manager for Warners, will leave Sydney, Aus- 
tralia, the middle of next month for a trip 
to Bombay. He will go from India to Java, 
Singapore, China and Japan. 

CLINTON M. WHITE, GB assistant general 
manager, arrives in Detroit today. 

HARRY WEINER, Philadelphia branch man- 
ager for Columbia, left yesterday by plane 
for a two weeks' vacation in Miami. 

ARCHIE MAYO, Hollywood director, delayed 
his departure from Europe, and will not ar- 
rive here until next Monday. 

THORNTON FREELAND, director of Alex- 
ander Korda's "The Gaiety Girls," sails for 
England tomorrow on the Bremen. His wife, 
JUNE CLYDE, is featured in a current Broad- 
way show. 

EDWARD G. ROBINSON is scheduled to re- 
turn to the Coast the middle of next week. 

BEN GOETZ left last night on the Beren- 

ERROLL FLYNN is staying at the Savoy 
Plaza while in New York. 

JEFF MACHAMER is scheduled to return 
from the Coast soon for work in a new series 
of Educational shorts. 

RICHARD GREEN, English actor recently 
signed by 20th-Fox, sailed from England yes- 
terday on the Aquitania. He will immediately 
go to the Coast where he takes a lead role 
in "Four Men and a Prayer." 

LOUISE PLATT, Walter Wanger player, re- 
turned to New York yesterday from Conn. 

HELEN BRODERICK is scheduled to return 
to the Coast today. 

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the following on their birthday: 


Dennis F. O'Brien 

Joseph Adam 

Hugo Mayer 

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Showmen cleaned up with the first 
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Thursday, Jan. 20, 1938 


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some sort of a hearing must be 
held before March 15 when the law, 
which requires distributors to divest 
themselves of theater holdings, be- 
comes effective. Distributors con- 
tend that the statute is unconstitu- 
tional. Their plea must be heard 
on its merits, or an application for 
a temporary injunction must be 
made before March 15, Finley said. 
If they fail in their efforts, nothing 
can be done to prevent the law 
from being enforced. 

In the event that distributors 
continue to operate their affiliated 
houses after March 15, Finley as- 
serted, North Dakota can bring 
both civil and criminal suits against 
the companies. 

North Dakota's statute is the 
only one of its kind at the moment, 
Finley said. If it is enforced, he 
said, it is likely to set a precedent 
and may result in similar action 
being taken by other states. 

John Friedl, head of Minnesota 
Amusements Co., accompanied Fin- 
ley to New York. 

Pouzzner Circuit Moves 

Boston — The Maurice Pouzzner 
circuit has moved its offices to 500 
Statler Building from 8 Newbury 


Maurice Black 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Maurice Black, 46, 
veteran character actor, is dead 
here of pneumonia. During his long 
career, he appeared in some 400 
films, the most recent of which were 
"The Life of Emile Zola," "The 
Firefly" and "The Californian," 
having in each a minor role. His 
brother, Harry Black, manager of 
a film theater in Troy, N. Y., sur- 
vives him. 

Willard W. Packard 

Mars Hill, Me.— Willard W. Pack- 
ard, 88, for many years a theater 
operator in Maine, died suddenly at 
his home at Robinson Monday. He 
leaves his widow. 

Charles Burnham 
Winter Park, Fla. — Charles Burn- 
ham, 85, veteran theater manager 
in New York and Boston, is dead 
here from a heart attack. Burn- 
ham at one time was associated 
with Daly's, the Standard and Wal- 
lack's theaters. 

Robert McWade 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Robert McWade, 56, 
veteran stage and screen actor, died 
of a heart attack on set of "Bene- 
fits Forgot" at M-G-M following 
completion of his final scene in the 


• • • WORLD on Parade in films in Our Town 

as noted interestingly in an article in the Yiddish Art Theater program 

"New York's Polyglot Silver Screen" by Sigmund Gottlober 

head of the Foreign Press Publicity Service who lists about 

twenty theaters in New York that are devoted to the foreign motion 

T ▼ T 

• • • EACH NATIONAL group of any size seems to have 

its own theater Chinatown has two theaters featuring Chinese 

pictures, the Venice on Park Row, and the Chatham Square on 

Mott St the Hungarian cinema at 81st St. and Third Ave. 

brings the Danube to the Hudson the German colony in 

Yorkville has three— the 86th St. Casino, the Tobis at 78th St., 

and the 86th St. Garden theater the Czechs show native films 

at Sokol Hall on East 71st St. and the Annex theater on East 74th. 

T T ▼ 

• • • IN THE Spanish district is the Hispano at 116th St 

while the French films find a home at the Cinema de Paris, Fifth Ave. 

and 12th St the Cameo, on Forty-Seccnd St. exhibits Russian films 

the Squire at Eighth Ave. and 44th St. presents Yiddish pictures 

near the Little Hungary section the Chopin theater attracts Polish 

audiences then there are the theaters that cater generally to Con- 
tinental audiences and native Americans who like the foreign touch 

in their film fare such houses as the Filmarte of "Mayerling" fame, 

the Cine Roma, the Belmont, the World 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • CONFERENCE the Thirteenth Annual conclave 

oj the National Board of Review under direction of Wilton 

Barrett gets under way today at the Hotel Pennsylvania 

here is a group of representative people scattered from Maine to 
Florida who take their motion picture seriously whose in- 
fluence in their various communities is powerful whose 

say-so is followed by many a theater operator when it comes to 

booking certain films they wield tremendous local influence 

and any producer or distributor who overlooks the Na- 
tional Board just doesn't know what it's all about 


• • • PROGRAM of the Conference opens at 9:45 today at the 

Cinema de Paris on 12th St. wilh a Review of Unusual Films 

at 2 p.m. at the Hotel Pennsylvania the session starts with the general 

topic: "The Importance of Movies" with these contributions on the 

subject: "As World Communication", William P. Montague, Jr., Assign- 
ment Editor, Paramount News "As A Scientific Interest," Sidney 

K. Wolf, President, Society of M. P. Engineers ...... "As A Publica- 
tion Interest," Maurice Kann, Editor, Boxoffice "As An Educational 

Medium," Herbert S. Walsh, Board of Education activities for 

Friday and Saturday will be reviewed later 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • COCKTAIL party given by Jack Chertok, head of 

M-G-M's short subject dep't, to the trade press at the Sherry- 
Netherlands hotel with Bob Benchley on hand as Exhibit A. 

we left the boys with Bob at a late hour, and they were 

still writing short comedies for him Mister Benchley was 

listening indulgently ... • A term contract has been signed 
by Edward Small with United Artists Mister Small will pro- 
duce six features yearly with important stars and featured 

players you will recall Eddie's last pic, "Monte Cristo," that 

put Robert Donat on the map 


(Continued from Page 1) 

with interested parties yesterday in 
Los Angeles. 

A preliminary meeting was heli 
in San Francisco early in the week, 
with Edward L. Alperson/'-^'rN 
president, said to have been r!7 at- 

Meanwhile, the GN situation in 
New York remains unchanged. E. 
W. Hammons, president of Educa- 
tional, is considering a number of 
offers from financial groups to put 
up the money for the acquisition 
of GN on the condition that he 
heads the company. Hammons has 
made no decision as yet. 

MPPDA Head Back at Desk 
After White House Call 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tention to matters closely related to 
the future course of the industry, 
and paying a personal visit to Presi- 
dent Roosevelt at the White House. 

When queried by press representa- 
tives at the termination of his con- 
ference with the President, General 
Hays said that, among other things, 
he discussed with the Chief Ex- 
ecutive the survey conducted last 
Spring and Summer by MPPDA's 
Educational Committee which is 
seeking to make non-current short 
subjects available to instructional in- 
stitutions, a subject, Mr. Hays 
stated, which is of considerable in- 
terest to President Roosevelt. 

Warner, Einfeld Arrive; 

Removal Views Awaited 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Hollywood, accompanied by S. 
Charles Einfeld, director of pub- 
licity and advertising. A Warner 
board meeting may be held later in 
the week, it was said yesterday. 

"China Strikes Back" Booked 

Garrison Films has booked 
"China Strikes Back" into all Har- 
ris Circuit theaters. 


« « « 

» » » 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Los Angeles — Mitchell (Mike) 
Frankovich, adopted son of Joe E. 
Brown, film actor, has returned 
here with his bride, the former 
Georgianna Feagans. The couple 
wed in Yuma, Arizona. 

New Orleans — Marion Turpie, 
nationally known golfer who is 
holder of the New York City and 
metropolitan women's title, an- 
nounces here that she and Harry 
McNaughton, the "Bottle" of Phil 
Baker's radio program, will be 
married. No date has been set for 
the ceremony. 


Directed by Arthur I ubin • Screen Plav bv Lawrence Kiuih! 


Thursday, Jan. 20, 1938 


reviews of heui nuns 

(Continued from Page 1) 

expects to return to the Capital the 
end of the week. 

The MPTOA prexy said the find- 
ings resulting from his recent field 
trip would be made to the board of 
directors but that no date had been 
set for the session. He declined to 
comment or make a statement on 
other association activities but said 
that he would make an announce- 
ment before he returns to Washing- 

Will Rogers Theater 1 Week 
To Get Under Way April 29 

(Continued from Page 1) 

host to executives representing all 
national distributors and major cir- 
cuits. . 

The plan of operation calls tor 
the grouping of the United States 
into eight zones. The general sales 
manager of each of the eight major 
distributors was assigned command 
of a zone, accepting as his quota 
the enrollment in the campaign of 
every theater in his territory. 

Under the plan outlined, exhibi- 
tors will be invited to either run an 
all-star short subject, which will 
be furnished them gratis, or make 
a small contribution based on the 
theater seating capacity. 

Major Thompson's staff in the 
campaign will be William F Rod- 
gers, M-G-M; Gradwell L. Sears, 
Warner Bros.; Jules Levy KKU 
Radio; A. W. Smith, Jr., UA; John 
D Clark, 20th Century-Fox; Wil- 
liam A. Scully, Universal; Abe 
Montague, Columbia, and Neil *. 
Agnew Paramount. Harold Kod- 
ner and A. P. Waxman will act as 
liaison officers. 

Theaters operated by or affili- 
ated with Paramount, 20th Century- 
Fox Loew, Warner Bros., and KK.U 
were represented at yesterdays 
meeting by Y. Frank Freeman Spy- 
ros P. Skouras, Joseph R. Vogel, 
Harold Rodner pinch-hitting tor 
Joseph Bernhard, Major Thompson 
and Senator J. Henry Walters. All 
pledged the utmost possible copera- 
tion of these circuits. 

Stuart Doyle to Look 

Over Africa as Deal Waits 

(Continued from Page 1) 

looks over the situation, it was 
learned yesterday. 

Doyle told The Film Daily that 
he planned to visit South Africa 
shortly after he returns to his home 
in Australia. He expects to leave 
for the Coast on Saturday, sailing 
for Australia shortly afterward. It 
is not likely that a deal will be set 
until he has investigated the held. 

Chertok's Air Interview 

Jack Chertok, M-G-M short sub- 
ject producer, will be interviewed by 
Sam Taylor, WHN movie commenta- 
tor, on his tonight's program at 6:45. 

"Paradise for Three" 

with Frank Morgan, Robert Young, 

Mary Astor 


M-G-M 75 Mins. 


This is a delightful farce that should 
please all types of audiences. It is rich 
in laughs and has been expertly directed 
by Edward Buzzell, who has extracted a 
full measure of comedy from every situa- 
tion. Sam Zimbalist rates several bows 
as the producer. George Oppenheimer 
and Harry Ruskin provided an amusing 
screenplay and clever dialogue. Frank 
Morgan heads a battery of able funmakers, 
including Edna May O.iver, Reginald Owen 
and Herman Bing. Robert Young and Flor- 
ence Rice supply the love interest, while 
Mary Astor is decorative as a gay divorcee. 
Henry Hull does fine work in a character 
role, and Sig Rumann and Walter Kings- 
ford are among the principals. Young, 
competent but unemployed, wins first 
prize in a slogan contest conducted by 
Morgan, wealthy Vienna soap manufac 
turer. Under the name of Schultze, Mor- 
gan wins second prize. The ( chief prizes 
are two weeks' vacations at a hotel in the 
Swiss Alps. Posing as Schultze, Morgan 
goes to the hotel, but the management is 
informed by Edna May Oiiver, Morgan's 
imperious housekeeper, that one of the 
winners is wealthy and should be given 
special comforts. The hotel operators mis- 
take Young for the wealthy winner and 
lavish many comforts on him. He falls 
in love with Florence Rice, who hurries 
to the hotel with Edna May Oliver, whom 
she passes off as her aunt. Morgan is 
treated as a poor guest and subjected to 
discomforts, but takes his treatment in 
good spirit. Mary Astor sees through his 
pose as a poor man and tries to vamp him, 
but when she threatens suit against him 
his newly won friend, Hull, turns the 
tables on her. Morgan gives Young an ex- 
cellent position as his advertising manager 
and Young is able to marry Florence. 

CAST: Frank Morgan, Robert Young, 
Mary Astor, Edna May Oliver, Florence 
Rice, Reginald Owen, Henry Hull, Herman 
Bing, Sig Rumann, Walter Kingsford. 

CREDITS: Producer, Sam Zimbalist; Di- 
rector, Edward Buzzell; Author, Erich 
Kaestner; Screenplay, George Oppenheimer, 
Harry Ruskin; Cameraman, Leonard Smith; 
Montage Effects, John Hoffman; Editor, 
Elmo Veron; Musical S:ore, Edward Ward, 
Art Director, Cedric Gibbons; Associates, 
Stan Rogers and Edwin B. Willis. 


Louis Pix In Keys 

Joe Louis' feature "Spirit of 
Youth," will play extended engage- 
ments in six key cities beginning 
with the premiere in Washington to- 
day. Other cities include New York, 
Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, 
Baltimore and Kansas City. 

"Buccaneer" Gets Third 

Paramount home office yesterday 
reported that "The Buccaneer" was 
the first pix to go three weeks at 
the Saenger Theater, New Orleans. 


The March of Time 

(Issue 6— Vol. IV) 

RKO Radio 16 mins. 


This, the producers' first single- 
subject issue, is a trim journalistic 
exposition of Nazis Nos. 1, 2, and 
3 in impoi'tance to America — Fueh- 
rer Hitler, Propagandist Paul Jos- 
eph Goebbels and German-American 
Bund President Fritz Kuhn. Al- 
though the intrinsic news value of 
the material is not startling in 
view of substantial front-page ac- 
counts of Nazi history, the detached 
and organized treatment of "Inside 
Nazi Germany" presents a coherent 
picture which brings home the full 
truth with uncompromising impact 
for perhaps the first time. The cam- 
era pokes' behind the air of prosper- 
ity in Berlin to unearth the origins 
of Nazi thunder; to tell of perse- 
cution of Jews; to reveal how 
bankrupt Germany is forging can- 
non and shell; and to report the 
regiment of young Germans des- 
tined to goose-step in the ranks. In 
American scenes the position of the 
Nazi movement is established while 
opposition to New England Nazi 
encampment is recorded. Retiring 
Ambassador to Germany William E. 
Dodd is seen delivering his Nazi 
criticism. The subject ends on a 
note of anxiety. 

Virginia MPTO to Name 

New Officers Jan. 27 

Richmond, Va. — Officers and di- 
rectors will be elected at the mid- 
winter convention of the MPTO of 
Virginia which will be held at the 
John Marshall Hotel here on Jar. 

Mayor J. Fulmer Bright will wel- 
come the exhibitors and Governor 
Price will make a brief address. No 
arrangements have been made for 
outside speakers this year. The 
business session will convene at 
11 a.m. At 6:30, there will be a 
cocktail hour, followed by banquet, 
floor show and dance. Members of 
the General Assemly, now in ses- 
sion in Richmond, and state and 
city officials have been invited to 
the banquet. 

The convention committee in- 
cludes Hunter Perry, Charlottes- 
ville; Herman Rubin, Petersburg, 
and J. E. Loth, Waynesboro. 

Retiring officers are: W. F. Crock- 
ett, Vriginia Beach, president; Ben 
Pitts, Fredericksburg, vice-presi- 
dent; Harold Wood, Richmond, sec- 
retary; Sam Bendheim, Jr., Rich- 
mond, treasurer. 

Nat Furst's Mother Dies 

Mrs. Furst, mother of Nat Furst, 
Boston Branch Manager for Warner 
Bros., died yesterday morning. 


(Continued from Page 1) 

Small who has just signed to make 
six productions a year for UA. 
Giannini declared that UA was go- 
ing ahead full speed. 

Spokesmen for UA and n^id 
0. Selznick and John Hay Wl^Tney 
deny that any definite offer has been 
made by Selznick and Whitney for 
the Fairbanks-Chaplin-Pickford in- 
terest in UA. 

Artists Carrying Appeal 

to Hopkins' Aide Today 

Seeking inclusion of artists rep- 
resented by members of the delega- 
tion in the proposed increase to WPA 
roles recently authorized by the 
President, a committee representing 
more than 20 unions employed in 
Federal Arts Project left New York 
last night for conferences today in 
Washington with Aubrey Williams, 
executive assistant to WPA Admin- 
istrator Harry Hopkins, it was re- 
ported by Burgess Meredith, Actors 
Equity acting prexy. 

Headed by Meredith, the delega- 
tion includes: Frank Gillmore, head 
of Associated Actors and Artistes of 
America; Fred Marshall, of United 
Scenic Artists; David Freed, of Lo- 
cal 802, American Federation of Mu- 
sicians; Martin Popper, of the Fed- 
eral Arts Commission; Phillip Ever- 
good, of the Artists Union; Irving 
Mendell, of Federal Theater Super- 
visors; Rita Hassan, of the Arts 
Union Conferences; and Willis Mor- 
gan, of the City Projects Council. 
Joined by Henry V. Poor, represent- 
ing a group of artists, the delega- 
tion also plans to interview ex- 
ecutives of the Arts Procurement 
Division to discuss the Coffee Bill 
and the place of the division in it. 
An attempt will be made to see 
President Roosevelt, it was an- 

Site for Consolidated 

Consolidated Amusement Enter- 
prises, Inc., has purchased, it was 
formally announced yesterday, a 30 
x 100 plot on the westerly side of 
Sherman Ave., just north of East 
167th St. Acquisition gives com- 
pany, which operates close to 30 
houses, 24,500 square feet on this 
particular site which, it is under- 
stood, a new theater will be erected. 
Deal was effectuated by Ralph P. 
Obedin & Co. acting for trustees,: 
the Lawyers Trust Co. 

Lashinskys In Car Crash 

Cincinnati — Harry and Isadore 
Lashinsky of The Ohio Theater,} 
Cambridge, and the Noble Theater, 
Caldwell, were badly shaken when 
their car crashed several miles out- 
side of Cincinnati. The car was 
badly damaged. Both men continued 
their journey to Cincy via train- 

All Over The World 

Everywhere 9 You 

Will Find The Film 
Daily Year Book of 

otion Pictures 

1938 Edition Now 

In Work © Will Be 

Better Than Ever 



Thursday, Jan. 20, 1938 


(Continued from Paye 1) 

carefully checked. Official report 
from Carthay Circle Theater, Los 
Angeles, only house so far to exhibit 
film, read: "Audience response much 
applause, thrilled with picture." No 
disturbance was reported. 

Confirming yesterday's report that 
the Chicago ban will be appealed, 
Louis de Rochemont, March of Time 
producer, said: "First we will ap- 
peal to the board for a reversal and 
if that isn't granted, we will have 
to take it up with the courts. Our 
lawyers are studying the Chicago 
ordinances relating to films and an 
appeal will be promptly made. This 
is the same board which last summer 
banned the newsreels of the Memor- 
ial Day steel strike disorder." 

The reel was previewed at the 
Chicago Theater studio in Chicago 
yesterday for officials and the press. 
Ira Latimer, executive secretary of 
the Civil Liberties League, urged 
that the Chicago censor board re- 
verse its decision and permit the reel 
to be exhibited. 

It is understood the Philadelphia 
Record will in an editorial today 
urge that the subject be shown in 
Philadelphia promptly. 

Management of the Embassy 
Newsreel theater plans a 6 p.m. pre- 
view of the March of Time reel to- 
night. Invitations, it is understood, 
are to be sent to outstanding civic 

Al Sindlinger, advertising man- 
ager for the March of Time, stated 
last night that the showing of "In- 
side Nazi Germany" arranged by 
the M of T's Washington office for 
Senator Borah and the Foreign Re- 
lations Committee, was cancelled 
at the request of Borah who said 
that he would be unable to attend. 
The reel was set for showing to- 
day at the RKO Keith Theater in 
Washington, Sindlinger said, but at 
the last minute Manager Hardy 
Meakin withdrew his newspaper ad- 

Quinn Martin Resigns 

As Para. Story Head 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Quinn Martin has re- 
signed as head of Paramount's edi- 
torial board. Manny Wolfe is tem- 
porarily in charge, acting as head 
of story and editorial departments. 
Ken Whitmore Berean, a member of 
the Para, publicity department, has 
resigned and been succeeded by Bob 





Allied Re-N 

Cole, Legislative Committee Chairman 

Expert Opinion 

Chicago — Action of the Chicago 
Board of Censors in banning the cur- 
rent issue of The March of Time, "In- 
side Nazi Germany," was taken after 
Police Lieut. Joseph Healy has con- 
sulted "an expert on that sort of 
film." The expert, Lieut. Healy identi- 
fied as "Lieut. Mike Mills of the Borr,b 

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recording secretary to succeed H. M. 
Richey of Detroit. 

To press Allied's legislative agen- 
da, the board named a committee em- 
bracing Col. H. A. Cole of Texas, 
Max Levenson of Massachusetts, 
Sidney E. Samuelson of New Jer- 
sey and Maurice Rubin of Indiana. 
Yam ins and Myers will serve as ex- 
officio members. 

This represented the first time in 
many years Richey's name did not 
appear among the top-flight leaders 
of Allied. Pre-convention authorita- 
tive reports, too, had Martin Smith 
of Ohio or Sidney Samuelson as the 
new chief executive of Allied. It 
is understood, however, that Myers 
personally prevailed upon Yamins to 
remain for another term. Yamins, 
it is understood, will later announce 
the appointment of five regional 

One report at the Carlton yester- 
day was that the Myers-Yamins-Al- 
lied snub to Ed Kuykendall, MPTOA 
prexy and other trade groups seek- 
ing conciliation within the industry 
made at the closed session Tuesday 
when decision was formally made to 
work through Congressional and 
governmental action rather than by 
conference speeded the realignment. 

Although no members would ad- 
mit that any representative of Cap- 
itol Hill was present at yesterday's 
meeting, Rep. Sam Hobbs, of Ala- 
bama, sponsor of a pending measure 
to investigate the industry, later re- 
vealed that he had been present. 

The conference finally wound up 
at 3:15 p.m. with Myers stalking out 
one door and Samuelson, stalking 
out the other. Both wore decided 

Myers told The Film Daily that 
"no statement on the Allied legisla- 
tive committee program will be made 
until after the committee has had 
further conferences with interested 
legislators and a measure has been 

The Allied chieftain's statement 
was taken to indicate that no indus- 
try bill now pending on Capitol Hill 
is entirely satisfactory to Allied. 

Allied's board put its stamp of 
approval on P. J. Wood's efforts in 
seeking an increase in admission 
tax exemption to and including 50 
cents. Wood is appearing before 
House Ways and Means Committee 
tomorrow to attempt to advance the 

Wood told The Film Daily he had 
gained "interesting information" 
during the discussion of admission 
tax reduction. He added a "swell 
background" had been provided for 
his presentation tomorrow. 

Social events at the two-day Al- 
lied powwow included a luncheon 
given at the Carlton by District of 
Columbia Allied unit and a dinner 
for board members and wives and 

exhibitor non-board members at the 
Shoreham Hotel. No speeches were 

While the action, if any, taken 
upon the radio-film competition prob- 
lem by Allied's board was not dis- 
closed, the subsequent "personal 
opinion" voiced by Pete Wood, of the 
Ohio ITO, was deemed significant. 

"I believe the answer is, 'let na- 
ture take its course,' " said Wood. 
"When the big Hollywood producers 
discover they are hurting themselves 
by allowing their stars on the air, 
then and not until then will they 
pull them in. After all, radio com- 
petition hurts the producer-owned 
theater more than it does the inde- 

Replacement of Richey was a post- 
meeting discussion topic. It was 
pointed out he had held the secre- 
taryship since Allied was formed. 

"We can't advertise to the world 
what we plan to do," Col. Cole de- 
clared last night when questioned 
as to the policy of his Allied legis- 
lative committee. Myers confirmed 
the report that the Allied legisla- 
tive committee would work in 
Washington during the next sev- 
eral days while drafting its general 
strategy policy. Myers added that 
no announcement was made of his 
poll of the association on a little 
NRA for the motion picture indus- 

Congressman Boren also ap- 
peared before the Allied board to 
discuss his prospective bill. It is 
believed he will announce a re- 
write of his theater divorce meas- 
ure within 10 days after further 
conferences with Allied's legisla- 
tive committee. 



Gropper at Warners 
jyjTLTON H. GROPPER, who au- 
thored "Ladies of the Evening" 
and "We Americans" and numerous 
other plays, is at Warners, ,4^ ere 
he is collaborating with Geor CJ£ j\- 
son on "My Bill" a comedy drama 
from a play by Tom Barry. Gropper 
has a play which Jed Harris will 
produce with Lee Tracy. It is titled 
"The Gag Stays In" and another of 
his plays "If Women Could Choose" 
will be produced here by Homer 
Curran. The Robert Taylor skit on 
the M-G-M Radio show of Jan. 13 
was also bv Gropper. 

T T T 

DeGrandcourt at 20th-Fox 

Charles DeGrandcourt, who au- 
thored "Victoria the Great," is now 
at 20th Century-Fox writing an 
untitled original on a historical 

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"Dog Eat Dog" for N. Y. 

"Dog Eat Dog," a new play by 
Mary Hay and Charles Sabin from 
an idea by Joe Rosen, now in its 
third week at Jack Linder's Play- 
house in Hollywood, will be done in 
New York in the fall. 

Vincent to Washington 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — P. J. Wood, secre- 
tary, Independent Theater Owners 
of Ohio, announced last night that 
he had received a telegram from 
Walter Vincent revealing that Vin- 
cent would join him here tonight to 
put last minute touches on their 
presentation regarding admission 
tax exemptions before the House 
Ways and Means Committee Fri- 

Wanger Denies Making 

Deal Away from UA 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Walter Wanger de- 
nies the report that he has made 
deal with a major company outside 
of United Artists to make two to 
four pictures for it in addition to 
his regular annual output for UA. 
He is starting the second year of 
his 10-year deal with UA and de- 
clares he's very happy over his 
present association. 

Griffith Circuit Adds 

Three Terry Theaters 

Olkahoma City— The Terry the- 
aters in Wewoka have been acquired 
by the Griffith Amusement Co., it is 
understood. January 29 has been 
set as date circuit will take over 
operation of Key, Paramount and 
State theaters there. 

Four Hendricks Houses 

Taken by Lincoln Corp. 

Marion, Va.— The Lincoln Thea- 
ter Corp., here, has taken over the 
Sam Hendricks circuit, which oper- 
ates the State, Damascus; Lehigh 
and Abingdon, Abingdon; and Dixie, 
Glade Springs. P. D. "Spud" Query 
is president of the Lincoln Corp. 

Critic Signed by KFOR 

Lincoln, Neb. — Lincoln Theaters 
Corp. signed Barney Oldfield, Sun- 
day Journal and Star movie col- 
umnist, this week for six nights 
weekly via KFOR. 

ATS Seeking Members 

Detroit — Drive for membership is 
to be conducted by American The- 
ater Science, Inc., Frank Stuart, 
general manager, states. 

l/A's 3 in Color 

UA has set three Technicolor pro- 
ductions for Broadway release next 
month. They are "The Goldwyn Fol- 
lies," which will follow "The Hur- 
ricane" at the Rivoli; Selznick's "The 
Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and Korda's 
"The Divorce of Lady X." 


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V<J(373, NO. 17 



Small House Bloc Shaping to Co -operate With Allied 


Sees National Bank Night if Lottery Measure Passes 

Figures Talk 

. . . on h.o. shift 


THE more you study the statistics which 
' can be marshalled in opposition to the 
plan, the more bewildering becomes the 
proposal that home offices, or at least cer- 
tain of their vital departments, be trans- 
ferred from New York to Hollywood. 

Ponder, for instance, the contrast in 
population, certainly a major factor to be 

[considered in advertising, in publicity and 
in actual selling. 

« The 500-mile radius from New York 
City includes these states and provinces, 

f the accompanying figures being the esti- 
mated population, as given in the U. S. 
census of 1930: 

Maine, 790,000; New Hampshire, 465,- 
293; Vermont, 359,611; Massachusetts, 
4,249,614; Rhode Island, 687,497; Con- 
necticut, 1,606,903; New York, 12,588,066; 
New Jersey, 4,041,334; Pennsylvania, 9,- 
631,350; Delaware, 238,380; Maryland, 
1,631,526; Virginia, 2,421,851; West Vir- 
ginia, 1,729,205; North Carolina, 3,170,- 
276; part of Ontario, including Toronto 
and Ottawa, 1,250,000; part of Quebec, 
including Montreal and Quebec, 2,000,000. 
The estimated total population is 46,860,- 

KIOW turn to these illuminating West 
' ^ Coast figures, based on a 500-mile 
radius from Hollywood: 

California, 5,677,251; Nevada, 91,058; 
Utah, 507,847; Arizona, 435,573. The 
population total is 6,711,729. To that 
total possibly might be added another half 
million or so, representing population in 
portions of Sonora, Mexico, and Lower 

THE impressive statistical argument 
' against the change in base does not 
end there. Let the 1937 FILM DAILY 
Year Book of Motion Pictures be sworn as 
a witness, its testimony taken as to rela- 
tive importance of the theater market 
East and West of the Mississippi. 

As of Jan. 1, 1937 (only approximate 
figures for 1938 are now available), there 
were 9,352 theaters open East of the Mis- 

(Contimted on Page 2) 

Dollinger, N. J. Allied Head, 

Confers With Bill's 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The Kenney Lot- 
tery Bill, when and if enacted, will 
result in a National Bank Night 
for the motion picture industry, 
Irving Dollinger, president of the 
New Jersey Allied unit, declared 
here yesterday coincident with a 

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Warner Bros, has decided definite- 
ly to establish its publicity and ad- 
vertising headquarters in Hollywood, 
it was learned yesterday upon the 
arrival of Harry M. Warner from 
the Coast. Whether the entire home 

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Dominion Labor Assails 

IATSE Action in Canada 

Ottawa — Boycotting of His Ma- 
jesty's Theater in Montreal by in- 
ternational unions with headquar- 
ters in the United States was under 

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M of T Out in JV. O. 

New Orleans — Mort Singer's Or- 
pheum returned "March of Time" with 
Nazi sequences to RKO yesterday with- 
out playing the picture though it was 
advertised for a week. 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — About 300 members 
of the Senate's Foreign Relations 
Committee and the Foreign Affairs 
Committee of the House of Repre- 
sentatives witnessed showings of the 
March of Time's "Inside Nazi Ger- 
many" in the 20th-Fox projection 
room here yesterday, inasmuch as, 
after a conference with Colonel Ed- 
win L. Halsey, secretary of the U. 
S. Senate, they thought it better 

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Majors Said Considering 
Move to Reduce "B" Films 

A movement by major producers 
to eliminate or sharply cut down on 
the production of "B" pictures and 
concentrate on making better short 
subjects is being strongly consid- 

(Coiitinned on Page 9) 

Allied Legislative Committeemen and 
Myers Huddle/ House Bloc is Forming 

Review Board Conference 
Will Get Film Week Plan 

Following attendance of delegates 
at a special showing of Walt Dis- 
ney's "Snow White and the Seven 
Dwarfs" at the Cinema de Paris in 
the forenoon, the 14th Annual Mo- 
tion Picture Conference, under the 
auspices of the National Board of 
Review, opened yesterday at 2:30 
(C ir.tinued on Page 9) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — A loosely-drawn 
alignment of Congressmen to sup- 
port legislation on Capitol Hill 
which may be sponsored by the 
newly-formed permanent legislative 
committee of. Allied States Ass'n 
took shape on Capitol Hill last night. 

Rep. Lyle Boren, Oklahoma, spon- 
sor of the embryonic industry di- 

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Opens at the Embassy; Chi. 

Ban Raised; Warners 

Won't Play It 


To the accompaniment of mingled 
applause, boos, hisses and an occa- 
sional catcall, the provocative 
March of Time release, "Inside 
Nazi Germany — 1938," was pre- 
sented publicly for the first time in 
New York City at the Embassy 
Newsreel Theater at 6 o'clock last 

The general audience reaction 
was overwhelmingly favorable, but 
the scattered applause for Dei- 
Fuehrer and for certain pictorial 
manifestations of Nazism attested 
to a division of sentiment which, 
however slight, might have serious 

Attitude of last night's first audi- 

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Toronto — Negotiations with view 
to merging of booking interests in 
Ontario represented by Associated 
Theaters and Hanson Theaters head- 
ed by Oscar Hanson and the inde- 
pendent group of exhibitors who 
book through the Exhibitors Book- 

(Cnntinued on Page 9) 

Depinet and Levy Leave 
For Spitz Confabs Today 

Ned E. Depinet, RKO Radio vice- 
president in charge of distribution, 
and Jules Levy, sales chief, are to 

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SMPE Picks Detroit 

The SMPE will hold its fall meeting 
in Detroit, the Board of Governors an- 
nounced yesterday. Spring meeting will 
be held in Washington, April 25-23. 

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Royal Honors 

London (By Cable) — By command of 
King George VI, Cracie Fields, British 
comedienne, has been created a Com- 
mander of the Order of the British 
Empire. The actress, now under long- 
term contract with 20th Century-Fox 
studios, recently completed her first 
picture for that company, "He Was 
Her Man." The picture is now being 
edited in Hollywood. 




. . . on h.o. shift 

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sissippi, 6,703 operating West of the river. 
The relative percentages are 58 and 41, 
respectively. But — 

Note again the tremendous concentra- 
tion of population the Eastern theaters 
serve. Analysis also indicates the larger 
number of important houses^ in the East 
as compared to the West. 
— • — 
IT is only common sense — and good busi- 
' ness judgment — to observe that more 
important houses demand and deserve 
more intensive and intensified publicity, 
exploitation and advertising aid. 

Can that aid be better given from New 
York or Hollywood? 

Passage of Admissions Tax 
Measure in Ohio Indicated 

Columbus, O. — Passage of the 
state admissions tax and comple- 
tion of the 1938 relief program vir- 
tually was assured by agreement of 
the joint Senate and House confer- 
ence committee on provisions of the 
$4,000,000 tax revenue bill, which 
is expected to pass both houses 
shortly and be sent to Gov. Martin 
L. Davey for signing. 

The state admissions tax has 
been reallocated by this measure, 
so that the estimated $1,500,000 
revenue from the tax may be used 
for poor relief needs by the counties, 
which are required to contribute a 
certain proportion of funds for 
local needs. The admissions tax 
measure had been held up from pas- 
sage because of disagreement be- 
tween the two houses of provi- 
sions of the utility excise and bev- 
erage taxes which were also incor- 
porated in the measure,. 

Juvenile Bill Would Add 
Section to N. Y. Penal Law 

Albany — A new section would be 
added to the penal law in relation 
to admission of children in the- 
aters under the terms of a bill in- 
troduced yesterday by Assembly- 
man Harold B. Ehrlich (Rep., Erie 
Co.). The bill is intended to pre- 
vent others than parents or guardi- 
ans of children under 16, or per- 
sons specifically authorized by 
same, to purchase tickets for, or 
give same to, youngsters under 
that age for the purpose of enter- 
ing theaters. 

The bill was referred to the Codes 
Committee, where a similar meas- 
ure by Ehrlich lay dormant last 
session. It provides a new sub- 
division 7 to section 484 of the 
penal law. 

Kuykendall to Capital 

Ed Kuykendall, MPTOA president, 
returned to Washington yesterday 
after a one-day visit in New York. 
Kuykendall expects to attend the 
tax hearing before the House Ways 
and Means committee today. He will 
return to New York next week. 

Move to Legalize Fight 

Films On In Washington 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Corporation Counsel 
Elwood Seal and Commissioner Mel- 
vin Hazen are now working on a bill 
to legalize the exhibition of prize 
fight pictures in the District of Co- 
lumbia, now outlawed by Congress. 

The bill is still in its formative 
stages and must be approved by the 
District's three Commissioners and 
The Budget Bureau before it can be 
introduced. Chairman Palmisano of 
the House District Committee and 
Senator King of The Senate Dis- 
trict Committee will bring the bill 
before their respective committees 
for hearings and recommendations. 

Indications are that the commit- 
tees and Congress will lift the age- 
old ban when the matter comes be- 
fore them. 

Modification of Quebec 

Picture Statute Asked 

Montreal — Suggested amendments 
to the Quebec Motion Picture Act 
were discussed at a meeting of inde- 
pendent theater proprietors here, 
called by the Quebec Allied Theat- 
rical Industries, of which B. E. Nor- 
rish is president and D. A. Burpee 
secretary. The act prohibits the ad- 
mission of children under 16 years 
of age to cinemas, whether accom- 
panied by adults or not. 

The meeting suggested certain 
modifications of the present law one 
being the admission of juveniles to 
theaters outside of school hours. 

Schlesinger Quits Academy, 
Calls Awards Methods Unfair 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Objecting to commit- 
tee ruling admission of four Disney 
shorts and but one of his for M. P. 
Academy awards, Leon Schlesinger, 
producer of Warner Bros, cartoons, 
yesterday resigned from the Acad- 
emy of Motion Picture Arts and 
Sciences, it was reported. He de- 
clared the Academy's arrangements 
for selecting awards winners in the 
cartoon field are unfair and that 
he would not enter the competition. 
He feels that black and white car- 
toons have no chance of winning 
the award and asked that two 
"Merry Melodies" subjects be en- 
tered in view of the ruling on Dis- 
ney. His request was rejected. 

In a letter to Schlesinger, Presi- 
dent Frank Capra of the Academy 
declared that at a meeting which 
Schlesinger attended, short subject 
producers took a secret ballot, vot- 
ing 17 to two against Schlesinger's 
interpretation of the rules. 

Brookline House Ready 

Brookline, Mass. — The 1,200-seat 
Brookline Theater, will open Jan. 29 
under the management of John Mar- 
kle, who also manages the Coolidge 
Corner Theater. The Harvard 
Amusement Corp., headed by Morris 
Sharaf, operates both houses. 

cominc mid Gome 

HARRY M. WARNER, president of Warner 
Bros., CHARLES EINFELD, Warners' advertis- 
ing and publicity director, and SAM SCHNEID- 
ER, assistant to H. M. Warner, arrived from 
the Coast yesterday on the Century. They 
expect to stay here from four to sf'^seks. 

licity head, and EDWARD J. MANNIX, gen- 
eral manager of M-G-M studios, are expected 
to leave for the Coast today. 

ED KUYKENDALL, president of MPTOA, re- 
turned to Washington yesterday. 

NED E. DEHNET, RKO vice-president in 
charge of distribution, and JULES LEVY, RKO 
general sales manager, left for Hollywood yes- 

FLOYD B. ODLUM, head of Atlas Corp., ar- 
rived from the Coast yesterday. 

W. C. VAN SCHMUS, managing director of 
the Music Hail, leaves Hollywood today to re- 
turn to New York. 

EDWIN KNOPF, M-G-M writers' head, is 
scheduled to leave the Coast today for a 
European trip. KENNETH MacKENNA, East- 
ern story head, arrived at the studio earlier 
this week to take charge during the seven 
weeks' Knopf will be absent. 

JACK CHERTOK, M-C-M short subjects 
head, leaves today for a week-end stay in 

HARRY RAPF, M-C-M producer, is in Florida. 

CONSTANCE BENNETT is staying at the 

KELLY and ANN GILLIS, stars of "The Ad- 
ventures of Tom Sawyer," leave the Coast 
Monday for a trip to Washington where they 
will attend the President's Birthday Ball. 

LOUISE FAZENDA, Hollywood star, arrives in 
New York Monday from the Coast to attend 
the premiere of Warner's "Swing Your Lady' 
at the Strand on Wednesday night. 

JUDY GARLAND, M-C-M player, will ar- 
rive in Miami this week-end to attend the 
premiere of new M-G-M pix there on Mon- 
day, titled "Everybody Sing." 

ALAN MOWBRAY and his wife are staying 
at the Waldorf-Astoria. 

NICHOLAS BELA, of Columbia Pictures, ac- 
companied by his wife, returns to this coun- 
try next Tuesday on the Aquitania after a 
four-month stay on the continent. 

HENNY YOUNCMAN, stage and radio come- 
dian, left for the Coast this week to appear 
at a Hollywood cabaret. 

HILDA VAUGHN, Hollywood actress, returns 
to New York soon to appear in a new play. 

BURGESS MEREDITH, president of Equity, 
was in Washington yesterday for conferences 
with government officials. 

office, is on his way here to sail for England 
where he will take charge of new depart- 
ment in MPPDA office there. 

BARRY RICHARDS is in New York for con- 
ferences with executives on final details for 
Standard Pictures' entrance into production 

OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND is on her way East 
for a vacation in Saratoga. 

BEATRICE LILLIE is scheduled to go to 
the Coast next week. 

1935 by Meridian Pictures Corp. 


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and Jr. for a brief N. Y. holiday after 2 
months hard 'shooting' in his famous 'Little 
Caesar" style on Warners' version of Damon 
Runyon's play, 'A Slight Case of Murder'. 

SOME JAMMIN'! First week's key check-up by Variety already 
reports "hefty", "big", "nifty", "excellent" holdovers in Frisco, 
Oakland, Philly and N. Y. for Warners' 'Hollywood Hotel', with 
Dick Powell, Benny Goodman Swingstars, Louella Parsons, others.' 


ARRIVES BY PLANE to celebrate 
completion of his biggest screen 
opportunity, the Technicolor 'Ad- 
ventures of Robin Hood', opposite 
Olivia De Havilland, for Warners. 

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S'# : 

FREEDOM OF THE SKIS is "vividly" [M. P. Daily] expounded in one easy lesson on Ameri- 
ca's newest sport craze by Otto Lang, noted University of Washington coach, in Vita- 
phone's "magnificent" [Film Daily) one-reeler, 'Ski Flight', now at Radio City Music Hall. 

UNLIMITED VISIBILITY of exhibitors in search of broader exploitation fields is seen as 
cause of the number of bookings on 'The Invisible Menace' [right), new Boris Karloff 
mystery-chiller, which Warner Bros, will make visible to audiences everywhere next week. 

°A first National Picture Vitagraph, Inc., Distributors 


Friday, Jan. 21, 1938 



(Continued from Paye l\ 

visit to the Capitol Hill offices of 
Rep. Edward Kenney of New Jer- 
sey, father of the pending lottery 

Representative Kenney told The 
Film Daily he expected a hearing 
on his bill before a Ways and Means 
Sub-Committee during next month. 

Dollinger, taking Allied's legisla- 
tive admonitions seriously, made 
calls on several New Jersey Con- 
gressmen before he returned home 
last night. 

Indicating the New Jersey Allied 
plan to fight radio competition will 
be dropped, Dollinger said the view- 
point of Pete J. Wood reflected the 
general sentiment of the National 
Allied board meeting. 

"Following the remarks made in 
conference," Dollinger added, "I 
want to say that more and more I 
am being convinced that they have 
the right viewpoint. Meanwhile we 
will not put our proposal into effect 
in New Jersey. It was a plan that 
could be worked only on a national 

Following the final Allied confab 
during which the Jersey radio plan 
was discussed, Wood declared it his 
personal opinion that independents 
had "more important issues to fight 
for" than the question of radio com- 

NSS Building Ready 

Cleveland — The new office building 
of National Screen Service on Payne 
Ave. in Film Row, is completed and 
will officially open Jan. 24 prepared 
to serve theaters in the Cleveland 
territory with Pre-Vues and displays. 
Gaston L. Stern, manager of Service 
is here from the home office assist- 
ing manager Nat Barach in the open- 


Arthur K. Mundee 

Montreal — Arthur K. Mundee, 62, 
former proprietor of a moving pic- 
ture theater in St. John, N. B., was 
found dead at the doorway of his 
home in St. John. Before entering 
the film business, he was represen- 
tee of roadshows in the Maritime 

John Ennor 

Union City, Mich. — John Ennor, 
owner of the Broadway-Stond The- 
ater, is dead. 

Alfred W. Hanson 
London (By Cable)— Alfred Wal- 
ter Hanson, 52, producer of the 
British Broadcasting Corp.'s pro- 
gram, "In Town Tonight," is dead 

• • • OPENING lonite the new Trans-Lux Theater 

at 52nd St. and Lexington Ave this makes it the fifth 

T-L in New York City and the seventh in the chain headed by 

Major L. E. Thompson the premiere will be attended by society, 

stage and screen 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • RITZY program will include in addition to the regu- 
lar Trans-Lux presentation a recital by Erna Rubinstein, 

violinist and Joseph Cristea, tenor Jules Lande and 

his St. Regis ork a special feature on the regular programs 

at this new theater will be United Press flash news by 

special arrangement with this service, spot news will be flashed 
on the screen every hour 

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• • • A NEW high in window display exploitashe estab- 
lished by the Music Hall in the campaign on "Snow White and 7 D's" 

(that* s the way the Marquee Economy Association will have 

their members light up the Disney epic on the canopies) Saks 

Fifth Avenue is devoting six windows, no less, facing on Fifth Ave- 
nue, to displays tied-up with the anima-color-classic each of the 

displays features an illuminated scene from the picture, framed in a 

reproduction of the Music Hall's proscenium arch merchandise 

in the windows emphasizes the White Motif ermine evening 

wraps, all-white evening gowns, white accessories for milady 

this valuable window space which is seldom tied in with anything, 
was arranged through the co-op efforts of Virginia Vincent, pub man- 
ager of Saks, Hazel Flynn, director of pub at the Hall, and Barret Mc- 
Cormick, head ad and pub man of RKO Radio 

T T ▼ 

• • • TODAY'S program of the 13th Annual Conference 

of the National Board of Review headquartering at the Hotel 

Pennsylvania features in the session at 2 p.m. in the Salle 

Moderne the topic: "Taste and Demand In the Movies" 

Professor Mortimer J. Adler will speak on "The Philosophical 

Approach to the Films" Gilbert Seldes will discuss "The 

Majority and Minortiy Audience" Alistair Cooke will talk 

on "Movies — What Are They?" On Saturday, the three-day 

Conference will wind up with a Junior Session at the Little 
Theater at the 20th Century-Fox home offices and the an- 
nual luncheon in the hotel ballroom with the dais crowded 

with national and local celebs these luncheons are always 

sell-out affairs that we haven't missed in years 

Y ▼ ▼ 

• • • SOMETHING NEW in the way of a stage entertain- 
ment that clever skit by Tom Terriss at the Lambs Gambol Tom 

gave them his celebrated "The Mysterious Mummy Case" but 

this time illustrated with well known actors under spots against 

black cloth, following Terriss' spoken words in pantomime looks 

like a new angle for certain motion picture episodes that would lend 
a novelty fillip. . . • The Warner Club Players of the home office 
Club give a performance tonite at the clubrooms of "Three-Cornered 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • JUST IN from the Coast as Eastern pub representa- 
tive for Selznick International Jackson Parks has made a 

grand start by grabbing space on his first assignment "The 

Adventures of Tom Sawyer" with the exhibition of original 

Samuel Clemens manuscripts at the Museum of Modern Art 
working with Monroe Greenthal's dep't at UA. 

• Paramount Building staff all excited, as the Mechanics' Dep't 
kick the stuffings out of the Elevator Operators' Division by 
beating 'em 181 pins in a bowling tournament 


(.Continued from Page 1) 

office will be shifted to the West 
rests with the board of directors 
which will meet within the next two 
weeks — possibly next Thursday, it 
was said. /*^ 

S. Charles Einfeld, director*" - "! ad- 
vertising and publicity, who accom- 
panied Warner, said that he would 
remain in Hollywood permanently, 
but would make periodic trips to 
New York when necessary. Three 
members of the home office staff will 
be shifted to the Coast as quickly 
as possible, he said, but he did not 
name the men. 

Sam Schneider, assistant to Harry 
Warner, also arrived from the Coast. 
Warner, Einfeld and Schneider were ' 
accompanied by their wives. 

"Buccaneer" In London 

London (By Cable)— Cecil B. De- 
Mille's Paramount production "The 
Buccaneer" opens at the Carlton 
Theater here, Feb. 1 for a long-run 
engagement. It represents the first 
premiere of the picture outside the 
U. S. 


Stuart Doyle, Australian film ex- 
ecutive, is suffering from an attack 
of influenza and may defer his sched- 
uled departure tomorrow for the 
Coast, Mrs. Doyle said yesterday. 
Doyle is confined to his suite at the 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Los Angeles — Arthur Hornblow, 
film producer who underwent an 
emergency appendix operation here 
on Wednesday, is reported to be 
rapidly recovering. 

Williams, Ariz. — Glen MacWil- 
liams, GB camera department chief, 
and Mrs. MacWilliams are in Gar- 
nett Hospital here suffering from 
severe injuries received in a motor 
mishap while en route to Holly- 
wood. Their two daughters were 
slightly hurt in the accident. 

Oklahoma City — Tom Blair, con- 
nected with Griffith Amusement 
Co. houses in Enid, is recovering in 
Oklahoma City General Hospital 
from a heart attack. 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Glenda Far re 11, 
Olympe Bradna and Porter Hall, 
members of the cast of Paramount's 
"Stolen Heaven," have been stricken 
with influenza. 

Lionel Toll and Laura Rosenblatt 
of the ITOA office are confined to 
their respective homes suffering 
from colds. 



The acting, singing sensation 
of the New Year 

The Qirl Who Makes 



It is May, 1937! A 12-year-old girl, with her mother, 
faces M-G-M casting directors to beg for a " singing 
audition/ 5 The studio is overrun with girls who want 
an audition. But Judy has something. 

Anything can happen in magic Hollywood. One man 
has a hunch. One man writes a page in screen history 
when he says " Let's hear this kid!" 

Such is the romance of the discovery of Judy Garland! 
In just three pictures, topped by " Broadway Melody " 
her fame was national. Now, after smashing new 
triumphs on the air, she comes into her glorious 
own — in M-G-M's lavish, spectacular musical — 
" Everybody Sing!" 



It's a little early to predict but here's 

a prophecy for 1938! 





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with M-G-M's Showmanship Sensation! 

Friday, Jan. 21, 1938 




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p.m. the first business session of the 
three-day meeting at the Hotel 
Pennsylvania, with topical addresses 
delivered by William P. Montague, 
Jr. ^signment editor of Paramount 
Ne;^ Sidney K. Wolf, SMPE pres- 
ident; Leon J. Bamberger, sales pro- 
motion manager of RKO Radio Pic- 
tures, Inc.; Maurice Kann, editor of 
Box Office, and Herbert S. Walsh of 
the New York City Board of Educa- 

Mrs. Richard M. McClure, presi- 
dent of the Better Films Council of 
Chicago, told The Film Daily just 
prior to the opening of the after- 
noon session of her intention to pro- 
pose to the Conference, probably at 
the morning session today, a plan 
of her group to have the week of 
April 20 declared National Film 
Week. This span, she said, is ap- 
propriate because of its association 
with the first motion picture ever 
shown on a screen. 

The plan, she declares, would have 
no commercial aim, such as the 
Greater Movie Seasons sponsored 
some years back by the industry, 
but would be entirely in the nature 
of an educational and film appre- 
ciation drive in which cultural 
groups in the various national com- 
munities would seek out the cooper- 
ation of exhibitors and circuits for 
presentation of pictures of particu- 
lar merit. Qualified persons, she 
added, would be available to appear 
in the theaters in the role of infor- 
mative commentators, and impart to 
the audiences the elements of un- 
usual merit in each film. 

Last night, delegates witnessed an 
exhibit, "The Making of a Contem- 
porary Film from Script to Preview," 
held at the Museum of Modern Art, 
14 West 49th St. 

A "JUM' horn "JUAs 



Receive Italian Honors 
£)AVID 0. SELZNICK and George 
Cukor are the recipients of high 
international screen honors conferred 
upon them by the Italian govern- 
ment. Selznick was awarded a copy 
of the Mussolini Cup, Italy's prize 
for special merit, for his production 
of "Anna Karenina," which won top 
honors at the International Exhibi- 
tion of Cinematographic Art at Ven- 
ice, Italy. 

Upon Cukor was conferred the 
Order of the Crown of Italy, at the 
command of Victor Emanuel III, 
King of Italy, for "special merit in 
the development of cooperation be- 
tween the Italian and American mo- 
tion picture industries." 

It's "Making Headlines" 

Columbia has set "Making The 
Headlines" as release title for the 
Jack Holt starrer produced by Larry 
Darmour as "The House of Mys- 
tery." Lewis D. Collins directed. 

Four Opposite Loretta Young 

The four leading male roles in 
"Four Men And A Prayer," the 
20th Century-Fox picture in which 
Loretta Young plays the feminine 
stellar lead, have been as- 
signed to George Sanders, William 
Henry, Reginald Denny and David 
Niven. William Henry was bor- 
rowed from M-G-M, and David 
Niven from the Samuel Goldwyn 

Depinet and Levy Leave 

For Spitz Confabs Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 

leave today for Hollywood for con- 
ferences with Leo Spitz, RKO prexy. 
Shuttling follows arrival in New 
York yesterday of Floyd B. Odium, 
Atlas Corp. head. It is expected 
conferences will take form of round- 
table discussion of aftermath of 
talks involving Odium and Irving 
Trust Co. officials. 

Some Mayorl 

Boston — This city's 36-year-old may- 
or elect, Maurice J. Tobin, described 
by Cecil B. DeMille as a screen type 
combining the qualities of Cary Cooper, 
Robert Taylor and Fredric March, yes- 
terday was offered a film contract by 
the Paramount producer-director. Tobin, 
said that he will be interested in a 
screen career upon his retirement and 
DeMille made it known that the con- 
tract offer will stand. 

Dominion Labor Assails Temporary Writ Blocking 

IATSE Action in Canada Celotex-Certain-teed Deal 

(Continued from Page 1) 

fire here yesterday when the All- 
Canadian Congress of Labor made 
its annual submissions to the gov- 
ernment. The memorial, presented 
by A. R. Mosher, said in part: "In 
September last, the National Union 
of Theatrical Employes, an affiliate 
of the Congress signed an agree- 
ment with Consolidated Theaters, 
Ltd., of Montreal, covering the em- 
ployment of projectionists in four 
motion picture theaters operated by 
this firm, which also operates His 
Majesty's Theater in Montreal. 

"In order to induce the firm to 
break its contract, the IATSE, an 
American Federation of Labor union, 
forced the cancellation of all the 
legitimate stage attractions which 
had been booked for the fall and 
winter season. 

"On several previous occasions, in 
Montreal and other cities, members 
of this union refused to carry out 
the engagements for which they had 
come to Canada, because members 
of National Unions were employed 
in the theater or other place of en- 

"Surely," said the memorandum 
"it is not too much to ask the gov- 
ernment to find some means where- 
by it can protect the right of Can- 
adian workers to establish and main- 
tain their own independent unions. 
Members of United States unions 
who are permitted to enter Canada 
to fulfil engagements here do so by 
the grace of the government, and if 
they use boycotts or sit-down strikes 
in the attempt to destroy Canadian 
unions, it is not unreasonable to sug- 
gest that the government is bound 
to take cognizance of such activi- 

"Consideration" of this and many 
other submissions in the memoran- 
dum was promised by the Minister 
of Justice for the government. 

Supreme Court Justice Aaron 
Steuer has granted a temporary in- 
junction restraining the Celotex 
Corp. and the Phoenix Securities 
Corp. from carrying out a plan un- 
der which Celotex would purchase 
9,496 shares of the common stock 
of the Certain-teed Products Corp., 
a move which had been approved by 
a large majority of stockholders at 
the recent meeting of Celotex stock- 
holders. The temporary stay was 
decreed by Justice Steuer pending 
trial of the suit for a permanent in- 

The action was instituted by Hugh 
G. Spilsbury and other holders of 
stock in Celotex. Plaintiff's claimed 
defendants entered a conspiracy to 
have Celotex pay $569,760 to Phoe- 
nix Corp. plus 43,744 shares of Celo- 
tex common in return for 9,496 
shares of the six per cent preferred 
stock and 109,360 shares of the com- 
mon stock of Certain-teed Products 


(Continued from Page 1) 

ing Association headed by Nat Tay- 
lor, have been broken off. It is an- 
nounced here that "unsurmountable 
obstacles" have been met which 
could not be ironed out but that ne- 
gotiations ended with friendly feel- 
ing prevailing. 

First Ohio Drive-In House 
Will Open In Cleveland 

Cleveland, O.— Site for the first 
out-door movie in Ohio has been 
leased on the east side of Northfield 
Road, between Emery and North 
Miles Roads, an area of 355 by 800 
feet, for 15 years, with an option 
to purchase. Lessee is Phil Smith's 
Drive-In Theater Corp. of Boston. 
Estimated expenditure is $30,000. 
Theater will be ready for business 
about May 1. 

Studio Job Survey Plan 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Studio labor survey is 
in prospect here, the result of un- 
employment. Studio union execs 
have endorsed the survey proposal 
by Herbert Sorrell of the Painters' 
Union, who claims only 15 per cent 
of registered painters are now at 

Majors Said Considering 
Move to Reduce "B" Films 

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ered, Jack Chertok, head of M-G-M 
shorts production, said yesterday in 
New York. 

The plan has not gone far enough 
to be called an official move, he said, 
but some progress has been made. 
If such action is taken, it could not 
become effective for at least a year 
owing to the necessity of completing 
the current schedule of pictures, 
Chertok pointed out. 

Thirty-five short subjects of the 
scheduled 60 on this season's pro- 
gram are still to be made, Chertok 
said. Fred Quimby, head of short 
subjects sales, is also producing the 
M-G-M cartoons and is directly re- 
sponsible for them. This fact, Cher- 
tok said, apparently has not been 
known to the trade although Quimby 
has been assigned to the task for 
some time. 

Hulling With Monogram 

San Francisco — Mel Hulling, for- 
mer Grand National division man- 
ager here, has taken over part in- 
terest in the Monogram franchise on 
the Pacific Coast held by Howard 
Stubbins and Ray Olmstead. Stub- 
bins and Olmstead continue in the 
Los Angeles Monogram office, while 
Hulling is to operate out of San 
Francisco. Hulling has reported 
booking of Monogram's "Boy of the 
Streets," starring Jackie Cooper, at 
the Golden Gate Theater, RKO first- 
run house. 

Century Circuit to Build 

Century Circuit will build a 1,000- 
seat air conditioned house at King's 
Highway and Nostrand Avenue, con- 
struction starting immediately. 




Best wishes from The Film Daily to 

the following on their birthday: 


Arthur S. Dickinson 

Wheeler Jennings 

S. Carlisle 
H. William Fitelson 





Friday, Jan. 21, 1938 


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that the film not be shown on U. S. 
Government property. 

At the conclusion of the showing, 
it was reported that those who wit- 
nessed the footage rendered unan- 
imous expressions of approbation 
of the scenes portrayed. Senator 
Key Pittman, chairman of the 
Foreign Relations Committee stated, 
"I think it highly desirable that 
the picture be seen by every Amer- 

Senator Claude Pepper of Florida 
said: "This is a most interesting 
picture, full of fruitful discussion 
for Americans. I think it should be 
shown in the motion picture the- 
aters throughout the United States." 

Representative Hamilton Fish of 
New York declared "I'm all for free 
speech, and I certainly would not 
approve suppression of this film." 

Senators Duffy of Wisconsin and 
Pope of Idaho; Representatives 
Dondero, Michigan, Allen, West 
Virginia and Edith Nourse Rogers 
of Massachusetts were among those 
attending the showing. 

March of Time Washington office 
reported not one member of the 
special audience voiced disapproval. 

Although Hardie Meakin, man- 
ager of RKO-Keith's theater, where 
the film was to have gone on ex- 
hibition yesterday, announced show- 
ing of the newsreel will be postponed 
until a conference is held between 
RKO officials, observers here fore- 
cast the lapse was only temporary. 

In the House other Congressmen, 
including Samuel Dickstein, New 
York, and Dudley White, Ohio, 
joined Fish in battling to permit 
the newsreel's showing. 

Dickstein, charging Nazi Ger- 
many with spending more than 
$50,000,000 annually for propagan- 
da, protested "against the action 
of the State Department, or any 
other department, in trying to pre- 
vent the showing of this movie." 

La. Tax Bill Not Drafted 

New Orleans — A high state ex- 
ecutive was unable to say last night 
whether the proposed one per cent 
flat sales tax which would replace 
the present two per cent alleged 
luxury levy, would tax theater ad- 
missions, film rentals, artists and 
radio contracts. Lieutenant-Gover- 
nor Earl Long, who first announced 
the proposed amended tax, last 
night declared from Winnifield that 
he did not know how the bill would 
read, and Attorney George Wallace, 
from Baton Rouge, declared the bill 
was not yet drafted and refused 
to discuss tax possibilities. 

Chi. Lifts Ban on M of T Nazi Reel; 
German Consul Files 'Frisco Protest 

H. M. Warner Denies 

Harry M. Warner, president of War- 
ner Bros., yesterday formally denied a 
report, published on the Coast, to the 
effect that Warners were considering 
withdrawing from the Hays organiza- 

(.Continued from Page 1) 

ence until the first screen appear- 
ance of Adolph Hitler is best de- 
scribed as "tensely attentive." Hit- 
ler's image brought the first dem- 
onstration. Hisses here and there 
were met with quick but short ap- 
plause, apparently from about four 
different places in the audience, 
which stirred uneasily. 

Nazi opposition to the reel, it 
was understood, was based primar- 
ily upon the editorialized commen- 
tary and its inferences. 

There was no disturbance, how- 
ever, nor was there subsequently 
when the exposition of German 
regimentation and militarism 
brought similar conflicting reac- 

A squad of police was detailed to 
the theater in case of disturbance, 
which failed to materialize. 

Draws Overflow Audience 

The furore created by the reel, 
both in and outside the industry, 
with the metropolitan dailies car- 
rying stories on the Nazi protests 
and threatened moves, served to at- 
tract an overflow audience for the 
metropolitan premiere. Standees 
filled the back of the theater and 
that part of the lobby reserved for 
incoming patrons was filled. Recep- 
tion of the M & T reel at the New- 
ark Newsreel theater was similar 
in tenor to that at the Embassy, 
The Film Daily was informed. 

Drawing power of the film thus 
demonstrated plus its provocative 
theme, in the opinion of observers, 
presents a definite exhibitor prob- 
lem. It was suggested that failure 
to regard official or common sense 
seating regulations closely might 
prove highly dangerous. 

W. French Githens, president of 
Newsreel Theaters, Inc., issued the 
following statement to the metro- 
politan press last night after sev- 
eral showings of the M of T Nazi 
reel at the Embassy Theater: "The 
subject could not be more fairly 
handled. Both Nazi sympathizers 
and anti-Nazis seem to like it be- 
cause the film shows the strength 
of the Hitler regime while the com- 
mentary gives facts which are 
startling. This is the best March 
of Time yet." 

Githens told a Film Daily rep- 
resentative shortly before mid- 
night that business at the Embassy 
had been tremendous and that the 
audiences were very orderly. At mid- 
night the lobby was still packed 
with patrons waiting to get inside to 
see the reel. 

The Embassy's management last 
night admittedly had some appre- 
hensions, chiefly arising from the 
report that a court move to halt 
the showing of the reel was in 
prospect. In addition, there was a 
report that Fritz Kuhn, fuehrer of 
the German - American Bund, 
planned personal suit. He was said 
to be consulting counsel. 


Embassy newsreel theater is preced- 
ing the March of Time's "Inside Nazi 
Germany — 1938" with this trailer: "The 
issue of March of Time you are about 
to see has caused much controversy. 
Our policy is to fearlessly present any 
worthy film released by a recognized 
American producer. We therefore pre- 
sent uncensored and impartially the 
following subject." 

Kuhn was quoted as saying he 
contemplate suing the March of 
Time for $100,000 damages. 

Up to a late hour last night, no 
papers had been served, either upon 
March of Time or Embassy execu- 

M of T Special Foreword 

The former prepared a special 
foreward to the reel yesterday 
while the latter used their own pre- 
face. The March of Time introduc- 
tion reads: 

"The picture you are about to 
see has been mistakenly branded 'a 
sensational expose.' The editors 
wish to state that the sole object 
of The March of Time is to pre- 
sent through pictorial journalism 
the significant events of our times." 

Statements supporting showing of 
"Inside Nazi Germany — 1938" came 
yesterday from Rev. John La Farge, 
S. J., Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and 
Guy Emery Shipler, the March of 
Time announced. 

There were additional important 
developments on several industry 
"fronts." In Chicago, the board of 
censors reserved its decision and 
lifted the ban, according to word 
received by Louis de Rochemont. 
The police censors had earlier tak- 
en the position that the film was 
likely to create public resentment 
aganist a nation friendly to the 
United States. 

Louis de Rochemont, producer of 
the March of Time sent the fol- 
lowing telegram to Ira Latimer, 
head of the Civil Liberties Commit- 
tee in Chicago: "Congratulations 
on your splendid work in obtaining 
reversal of the Chicago censor's 
unwarranted ban on the March of 
Time's Nazi German sequences. We 
consider this a great victory, def- 
initely admitting pictorial journal- 
ism to the rights and responsibili- 
tes of free speech and free press." 

Chicago's Mayor, Edward Kelly, 
from Washington asked the co- 
operation of Corporation Counsel 
Barnet Hodes in lifting the restric- 
tions, Windy City advices to The 
Film Daily disclosed. More than 
500 theaters have booked the reel 
in the Chicago territory, it was 

The change of front in Chicago 
came as the Chicago Civil Liberties 
Committee announced it was pre- 
paring an appeal to the Federal 
Court following its filing of a pro- 


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vorce measure, announced that Rep. 
Hobbs, Alabama, author of the 
pending investigatory resolution, 
Rep. Dies, Texas, sponsor of the new 
general resolution to investigate w^o- 
nopolies and monopolistic praises, 
Rep. Pettengill, author of the block- 
booking measure, and possibly others 
will be among representatives meet- 
ing with the Allied legislative com- 
mittee "as soon as they are ready". 

The permanent legislative commit- 
tee chairman, H. A. Cole of Texas 
and one other committee member, 
Sidney Samuelson of New Jersey, 
spent the major portion of yester- 
day in conference in the office of Ab- 
ram F. Myers, Allied counsel, dis- 
cussing strategy. Cole and Samuel- 
son indicated when questioned that 
their stay in Washington was indefi- 
nite. The other members of the 
legislative committee, Max Levenson 
and Maurice Rubin, left Washington 
following close of Wednesday's board 
meeting, it was learned. 

Boren announced he would wel- 
come representatives from the Hays 
office, other motion picture associa- 
tions as well as the public, to discuss 
his prospective measure. 

test with Police Commissioner 
James P. Allman. 

Across the continent, in San 
Francisco, the German consul 
lodged a formal protest against the 
reel's exhibition at the Golden Gate 

The 'Frisco protest was filed with 
City Administrator A. J. Cleary by 
a representative of Baron Manfred 
von Killinger, German consul gen- 
eral, who charged that the reel 
was "unfair" and "is disturbing the 
relations between the U. S. and 
Germany." Cleary later said that 
he was without authority to ban the 

Won't Play In WB Houses 

Meanwhile in New York, Joe 
Bernhard, Warner Bros, theater 
head, was quoted as stating that 
Warner houses would not play the 
single-subject issue because it was 
felt that it might not be "good 
policy." The way was left open for 
a change of mind, however. RKO 
officials declared no decision had 
been made in respect to booking 
the film but "within a few days" 
they would decide. 

Warner's general attitude became 
known following cancellation of the 
reel's booking at the Fox Theater 
in Philadelphia. That Nazi protest 
had been a factor in the decision 
was denied both in Philadelphia and 
New York. 

Exhibs. to Rescue 

Stockholm (By Cable) — Swedish ex- 
hibs. came to the rescue yesterday 
when a strike brought a general hotel 
shutdown and did a brisk biz in sleep- 
ing customers. 

A challenge to every 

showman in the country! 

$141,000 advance sale 
... 5 days before opening 
...just to see Sonja Henie 

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. . . more completely amazing than ever — revealing new, more 
thrilling ice spectacles — making love! 


. . . singing, romantic headliner of radio and screen! 


. . . top-flight songstress of stage and screen . . . singing as she's never sung before ! 


. . . that handsome Latin ... in a screwball role that will make crowds roar I 


. . . lovable and warmly human as Sonja's father ! 

13 A J_v JL Y VJ ILDcK 1 ... the dialectician who rolls 'em in the aisles ! 

RAYMOND SCOTT QUINTET kings of S wi„ g rhythm! 

Vv ALL X V t} IvlN V^IN ...the Sloppy Joe of" comics, dead- panning till the rafters ring! 
JL tL r\ fl M\. J\ X . . . that beautiful brunette who can sing them from way down there ! 





Utterly different! Of unsurpassed magnitude . . . faster- than - 
lightning speed. A triumph of triumphs from the masters of 
the unusual . . . and successful ... in picture -making! 

*3 V-/1 i VJu ... a flock of the tunefullest you Ve ever heard 
...from tunesmiths Pokrass & Yellen, Bullock & Spina! 

LAUVJI Xi3... riotous, uproarious ... by the hundred! 


... unapproached on the screen ... sheer, breath-taking gorgeous- 
ness ... rhythmic with dance tempos on crystal ice! 


now caps his brilliant career as the maker of your greatest musicals ! 



Instructions have been sent to all 20th's branch 
managers to arrange screenings for you! 

20th Century- Fox is carrying heavy assistant 
advertising in all key cities . . . 



Friday, Jan. 21, 1938 





Sydney (By Cable) — American 
film interests here and throughout 
the Antipodes are carefully analyz- 
ing, prior to their submitting to 
ho?^" , % offices in New York detailed 
re r — ,s, the principal provisions of 
the recently enacted New South 
Wales quota legislation which sup- 
plants the former "unworkable" 

A reciprocity clause included in 
the legislation provides that a dis- 
tributor acquiring an Australian film 
for exhibition will be credited with 
having acquired a Quota film, if (1) 
He guarantees the producer not less 
than 10,000 pounds sterling for over- 
seas releasing rights, and (2) Pays 
50 per cent of this amount, or 5,000 
pounds sterling, within six months 
after having acquired the picture. 

The new law's other salient 
clauses, as they affect U. S. produc- 
ers and distributors are: 

(1) Reduction of distributors' min- 
imum quota of Australian films for 
1938-39 from 10 per cent the first 
year, 12% per cent the second year, 
to three per cent for each year; 

(2) Exhibitors' rejection right of 
12% per cent of films "blind" 
booked, to which must be added the 
three per cent rejection right favor- 
ing local Quota films; 

(3) No further erection of build- 
ings for exhibition of films without 
approval of a special Governmental 
licensing board, latter to be ap- 

Original scale of the distributors' 
quota was 10 per cent for 1938, 12% 
per cent for 1939, 15 per cent for 
1940. New bill fixes exhibitors' 
quota for 1938-39 at two and a half 
per cent, distributors' at three per 

Thereafter, the Films Advisory 
Committee appointed under the orig- 
inal Act will make inquiries annu- 
ally as to the extent of Australian 
film quota production. Special pro- 
visions have been made to encour- 
age production of local films suit- 
able for overseas exhibition. 

"Whirlpool" In Washington 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — World premiere of 
the Arthur Mayer-Joseph Burstyn 
French import, "Whirlpool," open- 
ing at the Little Theater Jan. 30, is 
being handled by Al Tamarin of 
the Monte Proser office. 

Films Escaping? 

Dispatches yesterday from Mexico 
City, indicating a 100 to 200 per cent 
rise in Mexican tariffs on U. S. prod- 
ucts, caused uneasiness among home 
office executives. Authoritative local 
sources expressed the opinion that 
films would be unaffected by this 
sharp rise in customs duties, although 
American made cameras were included 
on the list. 



with Weldon Heyburn, Anne Nagel, 

Harry Davenport 

Monogram 65 Mins. 


This new Monogram offering should get 
a good reception. Although the story is 
light, it has been nicely worked out with 
pleasing results for the audiences who 
like typical happy endings. The produc- 
tion and direction are O.K. Weldon Hey- 
burn and Anne Nagel share the brunt of 
the work in the film, coming through 
with capable performances, and the rest 
of the cast provide adequate support. 
Miss Nagel, granddaughter of a million- 
aire factory owner, Harry Davenport, de- 
cides to get a job where she can meet 
people who will accept her for herself. 
She gets a job in a Chicago department 
store where she meets Heyburn. They fall 
in love and are married without Heyburn 
finding out about her money. Troubles 
of all sorts pile up and after Anne has 
been confined to a hospital to recover 
from an accident they lose their apartment 
and furniture. She suggests they visit 
her grandfather, and Heyburn blows up 
when he finds out about their money. He 
leaves her and goes back to Chicago 
where he gets a job with a mattress con- 
cern that fast becomes a rival of Daven- 
port's. Davenport arrives after Anne has 
gone back to live with her husband, and 
everything is straightened out with the 
mattress firms combined and everybody 

CAST: Anne Nagel, Weldon Heyburn, 
Harry Davenport, Harry Hayden, Doris 
Rankin, John St. Polis, Ruth Fallows, Ken- 
neth Harlan. 

CREDITS: Associate Producer, Ken 
Goldsmith; Director, Arthur G. Collins; 
Original Story, Kubec Glasmon; Screenplay, 
Marion Orth, Film Editor, Russell Schoen- 
garth; Cameraman, Gilbert Warrenton. 


Georgia Sunday Show 

Case Trial Is Ordered 

Hogansville, Ga. — The case of five 
Hogansville citizens, R. E. L. Har- 
ris, Reese Prather, Henry J. Keller, 
J. M. Forbus and O. L. Gaston, 
against the Lam Amusement Co., 
charging that motion picture shows 
were being operated at the Hogans- 
ville Theater in violation of the 
state's Sunday show laws has been 
returned to the Troup Superior 
Court for trial at its next term. 

The Georgia Supreme Court over- 
ruled a demurrer filed by attorneys 
for the Lam Amusement Co. and 
sustained by Judge Lee B. Wyatt, 
ruling that the law was sufficient to 
cover the allegations made in the 

"U" Sets British Pix Release 

Universal is to release "Let's 
Make a Night of It," Associated 
British production with Buddy Rog- 
ers and June Clyde, in U. S. during 
March, it was reported yesterday. 

"Alcatraz Island" 

with John Litel, Ann Sheridan, Mary 

Maguire, Gordon Oliver 

Warner Bros. 61 Mins. 


Warner brings another racketeer- 
prison drama to the screen with "Alca- 
traz Island," and the results are good en- 
tertainment. The pix should clean up in 
the neighborhood houses. It has a cap- 
able cast, a well worked out story and a 
dramatic climax with plenty of action in- 
jected in the script. John Litel is good 
in the lead role and Ann Sheridan and 
Mary Maguire provide ample support for 
the feminine angles. Gordon Oliver is 
creditable as the assistant D. A. and Dick 
Purcell is O.K. as the FBI man. The 
rest of the cast, with such seasoned play- 
ers as Addison Richards, George E. Stone 
and Ben Welden among them, is more 
than adequate. Director William McGann 
keeps the picture moving with a good 
pace and has built up some fine suspense 
in climactic spots. Litel is a racketeer 
with a daughter, Mary Maguire, who 
knows nothing of his true occupation. He 
is forced to tell her, but when they are 
ready to sail for Europe he is nabbed by 
the FBI for tax evasion. Sentenced to 
five years in Federal prison he arrives 
with hope for time off for good behavior. 
However, he meets a racketeer, Ben Weld- 
en, who is out to get him and after they 
fight Litel is moved to Alcatraz. Welden, 
who caused the trouble, gets himself 
transferred to Alcatraz when he hears 
Litel is going to get out, as he is de- 
termined to get even. Welden is stabbed 
and Litel is circumstantially guilty. Oliver, 
who has fallen in love with Litel's daught- 
er, arrives, and Litel is cleared through 
another convict's confession. 

CAST: John Litel, Mary Maguire, Ann 
Sheridan, Gordon Oliver, Dick Purcell, Ben 
Welden, Addison Richards, George E. 
Stone, Vladimir Sokoloff, Peggy Bates, 
Doris Lloyd, Anderson Lawlor, Charles 
Trowbridge, Ellen Clancy, Edward Keane, 
Matty Fain, Veda Ann Borg, Walter Young, 
Ed Stanley, Lane Chandler. 

CREDITS: Produced by Warners; Direc- 
tor, William McGann; Screenplay, Crane 
Wilbur; Editor, Frank Dewar; Cameraman, 
Lu O'Connell. 


Rogers Memorial Stamp 

Movement In Oklahoma 

Claremore, Okla. — Business men 
will shortly ask Postmaster General 
James A. Farley to authorize a Will 
Rogers commemorative postage 
stamp, to be issued on Nov. 4, 1938, 
which will be the birthday of the 
famous humorist and day upon which 
the new memorial to Rogers now 
being built near here will be dedi- 

Snyder Opens Afton House 

Afton, la.— The 325-seat Paris at 
Afton has just been opened by Lou 


"Meet the Maestros" 


Paramount 11 mins. 

A Wow for Dance Addicts 

The contrasting styles of five out- 
standing leaders of dance bands 
surely will prove highly popular for 
the enormous followers of the har- 
mony dispensers. Isham Jones leads 
off as his band gives a swing ar- 
rangement of the Second Hungarian 
Rhapsody. Phil Spitalny's all-girl 
chorus singing "Dinah." Then Russ 
Morgan's trombone starts up, as 
his band swings into "Wabash 
Blues." Followed by Cab Calloway 
with his pop "ZaZuZaz." Clyde 
Lucas and his boys finish with an 
original composition, "Congo Rhy- 
thm." The latter has an atmos- 
pheric interlude with three African 
tribal members in a barbaric dance 
fading into the modern dance. Here 
is a fine presentation of contrasting 
styles of popular band leaders, just 
enough of each to make the reel 
fast and snappy. 

First Lady In Sound Pix 

to Boost Birthday Ball 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Mrs. Franklin D. 
Roosevelt will make sound motion 
pictures for the President's Birth- 
day celebration campaign with chil- 
dren of the Langdon School for 
Crippled Children. 

Commissioner Hazen and Rich- 
mond B. Keech, officials of the cele- 
bration committee will participate 
with Mrs. Roosevelt in the film. 

Commissioner Hazen will make a 
theater appearance in local theaters 
beginning Friday in which he will 
appeal for 100 per cent attendance 
at the dances here. 

Mrs. Roosevelt plans to visit all 
the celebration parties with movie 
stars including Janet Gaynor, Elea- 
nor Powell, Ray Bolger, Joe E. 
Brown, Tommy Kelly and Ken Mur- 
ray. The movie stars will also ap- 
pear at two midnight shows at the 
Capitol and Earle Theater, proceeds 
of which will be turned over to the 
infantile paralysis campaign fund. 
George M. Cohan has written a song 
for the occasion. 

Hold Hearing Feb. 7 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The House Patents 
Committee has set Feb. 7 as the date 
for a hearing on the Congressional 
resolution which would establish a 
Federal Department of Science, Art 
and Literature. 

Armand Joseph Quits "U" 

Armand Joseph, of the Universal 
foreign publicity office, resigned yes- 
terday effective immediately. 

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What this industry needs is a rousing party— preferably 
without speeches ! 

That brings us right up to next Wednesday , January 26th, at the Hotel Astor. 
The industry is tossing a big evening to a swell guy, Red Kann, and please 
tell the folks you won't be home till dawn! This party, conservatively 
described as a Round-up and Barbecue, will be attended by 
all of Red's friends in the business . . . and that covers every- 
body. It's strictly informal, for gents only, and starts with 
cocktails on the house at 7 p.m. An excellent dinner, liquor, 
laughs, entertainment and merry industry- fellowship pro- 
vided by the sponsors. 


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International in Scope 
Independent in Thought 


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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictu res 
Now Nineteen Years Old 


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Allied Plan Means 'Federal Bureaucracy 4 -Kuykendall 


Parliamentary Com. Resumes Quota Discussion Feb. 3 

Nazi Reel 

. . some problems 


^/HETHER the March of Time's "In- 
™ * side Nazi Germany — 1938" presents 
the industry with a cause celebre or 
not, the present sharp controversy over 
its exhibition, here and elsewhere, serves 
to sharply define several problems. 

Some of them are specifically those of 
the industry; the aspects of others are 
wider, yet the industry has no less a 
stake in them for all of that. There is, 
for example, the matter of a free screen, 
certainly as desirable in a democracy as 
a free press and the equally cherished 
free speech. 

There is also the patriotic attribute 
phrased, diplomatically but forcefully, by 
Senator Key Pittman, chairman of the 
Foreign Relations Committee, following 
the private Washington screening, "I 
think it highly desirable that the pic- 
ture be seen by every American." 

/"OBVIOUSLY, the reel— or, more truth- 
^^ fully, the Nazi protests — puts the 
exhibitor on the spot. Having contracted 
for The March of Time, he may find 
it expedient either to play the reel or 
to decline it. He cannot, however, side- 
step, and there virtually is the assurance 
that he'll be cussed regardless of his de- 

The plight of the circuit operator, in- 
cluding those with major company affilia- 
tions, is no different from that of the 
indie. Or if there is a difference, the 
circuit operator's lot is tougher. Not 
only must the operator consider pos- 
sible racial reaction in neighborhoods 
where he has houses, but he must give 
a thought to the possible effect of his 
decision on the overseas business of the 
producer affiliate. 

At least by inference, the March of 
Time reputedly has been given to under- 
stand that the German-Italian-Japanese 
film accord is no "scrap of paper." 

So make no mistake about it — the prob- 
lems limned by the reel are not local, 
are not national in their boundaries. 


INTERESTINGLY, in the case of "In- 

' side Nazi Germany — 1938" it is not 

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Stanley Alternative Proposal 

Stirring Heated 


London (By Cable) — Even more 
profound disagreement is facing the 
industry here with respect to ac- 
ceptable provisions to be included in 
the final draft of the Films Bill 
(Quota Act), following the official 
announcement that Standing Com- 
mittee "A" will resume its active 

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Phil Goldstone announced yester- 
day that his "business in the east 
is finished" and that he plans to re- 
turn to the Coast by air tonight. It 
was not disclosed what the "busi- 
ness" involved but it is believed that 
it was connected with a financing 

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Polish Film Levy Troubles 
Foreign Department Heads 

American film companies are un- 
decided as to what steps will be 
taken if Poland imposes a pro- 
posed tax of 20 cents per meter 

(Continued on Page 3) 

Tax Argument Today 

Wash. Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Appearance of Pete 
Wood of the Ohio ITO and Walter 
Vincent of the MPTOA before the 
House Ways and Means Committee in 
behalf of an increase in admish price 
exemption was deferred yesterday until 
today. Legit, theater will be repre- 
sented at the hearing by William A. 
Brady, Eddie Dowling, Frank Gillmore 
and Milton R. Weinberger. 


Universal collections during the 
past three weeks set a company rec- 
ord with more than $1,000,000 taken 
in, Nate J. Blumberg, president, told 
The Film Daily last night. Pace 
has been hot ever since Blumberg, 
Fox, Scully, Seidelman et al took 
over; last week's $500,000 set single- 
week record. 

New Television Apparatus 
Requires a Unique Screen 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM 'DAILY 

Washington — Described as a "fun- 
damental improvement" in television, 
new tele method designed to assure 
clearer televised pix and to trans- 

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Allied Program Invites Bureaucratic 
Control o{ Industry, Says Kuykendall 

Report "Fargo" Sets Run 
Records in 28 Key Cities 

Frank Lloyd's "Wells Fargo" is 
setting a new record for extended 
first-runs and carry-over business 
in 28 key cities, Paramount said 
home office theater reports revealed 

In Chicago, the picture did two 

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Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Ed Kuykendall, 
MPTOA prexy, here yesterday is- 
sued a statement in which he charged 
that Allied States "was deliberately 
inviting" Uncle Sam to set up an- 
other "vast bureaucracy" in Wash- 
ington to spend "millions" in an at- 
tempt to regulate the film industry. 
Kuykendall's statement was in- 
spired by the action of Allied's 

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Cited by Warner, Denied by 

de Rochemont; RKO to 

Play Film 

Industry storm clouds incident to 
the release of the March of Time's 
"Inside Nazi Germany — 1938" were 
intensified yesterday and last night 
by a series of developments. The 
more important were: 

1. Formal statement by H. M. 
Warner, president of Warner Bros., 
explaining the action of Warner's 
theater department in rejecting the 
reel for its 275 houses, the Warner 
decision being predicated on the be- 
lief that "the film remains Nazi 

2. Sharp rejoinder from Louis de 

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Theater business in India today is 
the best in years, according to 
Frank V. Kennebeck, manager of 
Paramount's branch in Bombay, who 
arrived here yesterday on the Roma. 
Kennebeck said that exhibitors are 
showing a tendency to improve their 

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Educational to Resume 

Production on Wednesday 

After a month of inactivity, Ed- 
ucational will resume production at 
its Astoria studio Wednesday, E. 
W. Hammons, president, said yes- 
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Callander, Ont. — The RKO Pathe 
News camera crew is finding a little 
trying the job of making a "short" of 
the Quintuplets in a temperature 20 
below zero. First the cameras froze, 
then the mircrophones, and finally the 
film. Production manager Frank Don- 
ovan learned that even ink in a foun- 
tain pen can turn to black ice. 



Saturday, Jan. 22, 1938 

Vol. 73, No. 18 Sat., Jan. 22, 1938 10 Cents 



DONALD M. MERSEREAU : General Manager 
CHESTER B. BAHN :::::: Editor 

Published daily except Sundays and Holidays 
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Stuart Doyle Departing 

Stuart Doyle plans to leave to- 
morrow for the Coast and subse- 
quently sail for his home in Austra- 
lia. It had been reported that he 
might delay his trip owing to a 
slight case of flu. Mrs. Doyle is 
with him. 

Doyle's deal with United Artists 
for a franchise in South Africa will 
be held in abeyance until Doyle can 
investigate the field. 

• • • TOURING with a film magazine published wherever 

the editor happens to be the RKO Radio weekly called Flash which 

is issued in the interests oi the field staffs, will be retitled Drive 

and will be turned out weekly wherever Editor Harry Gittleson happens 
to be as he tours the country in the interests of the Ned Depinet Drive 

the format of the publication will be changed to newspaper style, 

with art layouts in the Life manner Editor Harry is now touring 

all RKO Radio North American branches with Drive Captain Waller 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • PERSONALS about well known film folk 

Benjamin T. Pitts, operator of a Virginia theater circuit, has been 
re-elected prexy of the Chamber of Commerce of Fredericksburg 
for the fifth consecutive year. . . • Herman Gluckman, prexy 
of the New York Republic exchange, is being honored with an 
anniversary sales drive by his staff as he starts his twenty-first 
year in the biz. . . # The Detroit Variety Club paid tribute to 
Anne O'Donnell, the only woman exchange operator in the coun- 
try, at their weekly get-together. . . % Lou Lifton, ad chief for 
Monogram, addressed the East Coast Preview Committee at a 
luncheon at the Hotel Iroquois. . . • They are talking about that 
birthday party for Harry Buxbaum at his home, attended by over 
50 pals. . . • Milton Marien, late manager of the Broadway Cri- 
terion, is one gent whose genial smile and handshake we miss in 
our daily rounds. . . • Hal Hode spoke last nite before the 
Advertising Club of New York on the subject: "Trade Follows 
the Film". . . « Edward G. Robinson was the pop host at a 
cocktail party at the Plaza in honor of his CBS program 

Nazi Reel 

. . . some problems 

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"pictorial journalism" as such that has 
provoked the German protests. The storm 
has been raised by the editorialized com- 
mentary and its inferences. The Nazis 
easily might take some of the same shots 
and, exercising editorial license, present 
them defensively. 

One suspects that in this is the crux 
of another perplexing problem which will 
linger for some time to come. 

Motion Picture Associates 

Elect Ellis President 

Jack Ellis, city salesman for RKO, 
was elected president of Motion Pic- 
ture Associates at yesterday's meet- 
ing, in a spirited voting duel that 
saw Joe Lee, of 20th-Fox, incumbent 
president, defeated as he sought re- 
election for a third term. Saul 
Trauner and Simon Schussel, of Co- 
lumbia, were returned as trustees. 
Elections by acclamation included: 
Moe Sanders, of 20th-Fox, treas- 
urer; Moe Fraun, of Columbia, re- 
cording secretary; and Charles Pen- 
ser, of Monogram, financial secre- 

Altec Corp. to Establish 
New York City Warehouse 

To effect a further extension of 
its warehousing operations, Altec 
Service Corporation is negotiating 
a lease for a warehouse m New 
York City, George L. Carrington, 
vice-president and general manager 
of Altec, announced yesterday. 

Complete parts for all types of 
Western Electric sound systems, 
as well as parts for sound systems 
made by other manufacturers, will 
be stocked in the eastern ware- 

New move provides an additional 
"feed" to eastern seaboard service 
operations as well as to operations 
in the New York metropolitan 
area, Carrington declared. 

Browne, lATSE's Prexy, 

Back; Health Improved 

Chicago — George Browne, presi- 
dent of IATSE, hase returned from 
his West Coast trip with his health 
much improved. 

Odium Absent From Office 

Floyd B. Odium, home from Coast 
RKO huddles, did not report to his 
office yesterday. Illness of his wife 
kept him away, it was said. 

comma add going 

WILL H. HAYS, film industry administrator, 
leaves this week-end for Hollywood. 

MAURICE SILVERSTONE, European manager 
for United Artists, sails for Europe next 
Thursday on the Aquitania. 

MR. and MRS. STUART DOYLE V'. ■• to 
leave for the Coast tomorrow, and will sail 
for Australia shortly. 

AL CHRISTIE, Educational producer, re- 
turned from the Coast yesterday. 

J. H. SKIRBALL, Educational's general sales 
manager, returned from Cleveland this week. 

CLINTON M. WHITE, CB assistant gen- 
eral manager, returns to New York on Mon- 
day after a three weeks' tour of the middle 
western exchanges. 

ROY HAINES, Warners' Eastern sales man- 
ager, returns from Canada on Monday. 

E. K. "TED" O'SHEA, Eastern district man- 
ager for M-C-M, went to Buffalo yesterday 
for the week-end. 

EDWARD M. SCHNITZER, Warners' Eastern 
district manager, returns from New Haven 

sion manager, returned to the home office 
yesterday following a trip to Philly, Pitts- 
burgh and Washington. 

BUDD ROGERS, vice-president of Alliance 
Films, returns today from a tour through the 
midwest that took him to Chicago, Cleve- 
land, Detroit, Milwaukee and Toronto. 

EARL WINCART, 20th-Fox publicity head, 
returns from Cleveland today. 

OMAR KIAM, fashion designer for Sam- 
uel Goldwyn, is in New York for a short 

SONJA HENIE, 20th-Fox star, and the 
members of her "Hollywood Ice Revue" troupe 
arrive today from Cleveland. 

FRANK KENNEBECK, manager of Para- 
mount's office in Bombay, India, arrived yes- 
terday on the Roma, and left last night for 
his home in Oklahoma. 

FHIL COLDSTONE, producer, left for the 
Coast last night. 

JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, former chairman of 
the maritime commission, accompanied by 
MRS. KENNEDY, sails for London next month 
where he assumes his post as Ambassador 
to the Co